If David Davis had become Tory Leader, then Derek Conway would have been Chief Whip. Yet Davis has been practically canonised on the Tory Right, largely regardless of his actual views and just because he is not the admittedly ghastly David Cameron.
Time was when you had to been forcibly removed from the Leadership by the Tories before they turned you overnight into an object of veneration and affection. But Davis seems to have been allowed to cut out the middle part of the process, of being a reviled Leader before you can be a beloved ex-Leader. Why?