Warning: the following article contains mild praise for Rishi Sunak and unnaturally kind words about David Cameron. Reader discretion is advised, especially if you are sensitive to sudden shocks.

There is a commendable difference between “having character” and “being a character”.

And, yes, I know that’s not a particularly profound observation for a Thursday when you’ll have been hoping for something meaty to chew on as you head into the weekend. Perhaps you’d prefer me to talk about the psychological flaws of key figures in the Russian military or how fluctuations in the Albanian LEK will affect the migratory labour market East of Dagenham. But sometimes it’s good to reflect on notable changes that happen on the macro level, by which I mean on a scale so big that we can all sense them.