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.
There is a handful of Ministers who unfortunately display two or three of these signs. They know who they are – and so does Theresa May.
One virtue of democracy is that it does not give special prominence to the loudest people in judging the mood of a crowd.
Also: Brokenshire sets Good Friday deadline for talks as UUP elect new leader; and Welsh Tories regain second place as Reckless ‘re-rats’ from UKIP.
Britain has a tradition of democracy, and Britons shunning elections are not, typically, making a stance against that.
When 90 per cent of people voted either Tory or Labour, a simple “may we count on your support” was probably sufficient. In this climate, we must be smarter.
Westminster is streets ahead of most boardrooms in dealing with intense media scrutiny.
Obama’s desperate and impotent decision to abandon the Middle East to the Russians is being overturned. Not before time.