Business has many lessons for government. But they are not co-terminous. There are grave limits to treating a nation as if it were a corporation, to reducing citizenship to consumerism, to celebrating only the private sector. Patriotism is as much about generosity to our fellow countrymen as it is about bashing Brussels. Public service creates wealth, too: the wealth of decency and compassion. The Conservative Party – not Cameron, but the movement he leads – sometimes forgets this. Let Romney’s defeat waken them from their sleep.