A strong lead in the polls is an opportunity to make difficult decisions about funding health and welfare spending.
Nadhim Zahawi: Labour MPs know that Corbyn is weak on defence, Trident and our enemies. So how on earth can they support him?
Many have already described why he is unfit for the job. Indeed, many have tried to remove him. Their support now is a joke, a delusion, a denial of reality.
Iain Dale: There’s only so far that Labour can fall in the polls. I think we’ve reached that point now.
Plus: May needs Johnson. My election predictions. Strange selection decisions. And: why I decided not to put my name forward for the seat in which I grew up.
Jefferson may have had the better lines, but Hamilton got the big calls right – and now he has the more stirring verses, too.
If the parties support campaigners appropriately, then there will be good to be gained from this election.
Of course taxes will be lower than under Corbyn. The question is whether they’ll be higher than they are now (already high).
Iain Duncan Smith: Why we need a visionary prospectus for this election – not a mass of details and tactical ploys
I feel we have gone too far in publishing and overly political manifestos which make it difficult to govern subsequently.
Our staff do an amazing job whether they are based in London or locally. Their jobs are suddenly on the line in a way they hadn’t expected the day before.
Iain Dale: My election prediction. May will be back in Downing Street with a Commons majority of 74 seats.
Plus: Where I was when the poll was announced. What I will be doing during the campaign. And: the temptation to seek to stand as a candidate tugs at my sleeve…
He has at every stage seized the initiative and outplayed – then persecuted – his opponents.
Henry Hill: The election and Scotland. May is pursuing the most muscular and confrontational unionist strategy since Major’s.
It may go horribly wrong. It’s hard, however, to see that she can be blamed for trying.
Alex Morton: Will this election deliver the Joe Chamberlain-style conservatism that May really wants?
In her belief in “the good that government can do”, she is quite unique in terms of UK political post-war history.
Christopher Howarth: It would be wrong and unfair to stop counting international students in the migration numbers
If universities want a more relaxed policy, they should argue for it – not seek to hide statistics that they find inconvenient.
Any military action against the country would be highly likely to create huge regional instability, economic disruption, as well as potential wider war and loss of life.
Plus: The coming local elections. My predictions – Liberal Democrats up, Conservatives up, UKIP down, Labour down – and maybe Corbyn out later this year.