David Cameron appears to be sympathetic to the 91 Conservative MPs who rebelled over Lords reform.
Despite defying the whips, the PM told the Daily Telegraph that their careers are not blighted by their opposition.
“If no one who ever voted against the government [got a] ministerial office ... [Iain] Duncan-Smith wouldn’t be in the cabinet," he said.
"I think politics has changed, there are people who come with more strong and independent views.
"It’s difficult in coalition because sometimes you’re coming forward with proposals that your coalition partners are more enthusiastic about than you are.”
Now, not only does this give fuel to the theory that Cameron did not enforce a hard-line on last week's vote (one person described it as a "nudge, wink" approach), but it is also likely to annoy many of the backbenchers who did remain loyal.
So congratulations to the following MPs. The PM thinks you could be the next Iain Duncan-Smith...
Angie Bray (sacked as PPS)
Conor Burns (resigned as PPS)
Nick de Bois
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Sir Malcolm Rifkind
Sir Peter Tapsell
Rebel tellers were Peter Bone and Craig Whittaker