I would respond to Andrew Gimson's criticism of Grant Shapps on this site yesterday by saying that being Party Chairman is never easy at the best of times (no job worth having is) - but being Party Chairman in coalition is a job dredged up from Hades.
Having received this hospital pass in the current Cabinet, Shapps is wearing the mantle of his position well. Turning up in multiple broadcasting studios, day-after-day, to defend what are quite frankly at times the almost indefensible realities of coalition is not a job for the faint-hearted.
The first requirement for our current Chairman, any Party Chairman, must be to retain a sense of good humour and perspective. Once this has been mastered, the next requirement is to make the case for the Conservative part of the coalition with conviction and enthusiasm, which Shapps does unflinchingly and energetically.