Nick de Bois is the Member of Parliament for Enfield North and a Secretary of the 1922 Committee. Follow Nick on Twitter.
It has on occasion been bruising in the Parliamentary Party, as it has been for the voluntary party. I imagine the Prime Minister may even privately admit he, on occasion, has felt much the same.
Nobody in the Conservative party elected in 2010 entered the Commons to have a ding-dong with their own leadership. I don't suppose when David Cameron held his first spring day rose garden press conference, he anticipated doing a few rounds with his own MPs.
But when the dust has settled on the unnecessary and ill-judged redefinition of marriage bill, the perceived EU bust up and allegations of disrespect to activists, the reality is that back benchers do not emerge as the "enemy" of Number 10 - and Number.10 does not, in the cold light of the day, default to playing the antagonist.
Our enemies would like to think so. So would the media who love that narrative. Indeed at times it was true: I said so in an article for House magazine myself in October 2012. Yet oddly, but encouragingly, the focus now returns to a Government with a renewed sense of purpose buoyed up by encouraging signals that on the big issues, we are right.
On welfare, education, jobs, investment, trade and, yes, even the EU - the Conservatives look to be on the right side of the argument. Note that I said "look to be on the right side of the argument".