James Forsyth wonders if Peter Mandelson and other Blairites will soon reappear, offering helpful advice as to how Mr Brown might recover from this. Let’s hope so!
A comment on LabourHome: "What a calamity. I’m glad there isn’t an election as there shouldn’t have been one – but there should never have been this mess either. The Tories have had a great victory here and the Prime Minister looks at best an opportunist and at worst, a coward. What would be even more damaging to Gordon’s respect in my view is that if some minion gets the blame for this. Gordon is the leader – he allowed this to happen and he damn well better take it on the chin."
Wat Tyler reflects on the costs to the taxpayer of all Brown’s pre-non-election bribes.
EU Referendum reminds us that there’s a referendum to fight for.
11pm: Ed Vaizey, restarting his blog, writes: "The last hundred days, carefully crafting an image of a man that can
control events and handle a crisis, have been for naught. The public
have seen Gordon Brown bottle it, in the most spectacular and public
fashion. There will be a lot of Blairites quietly muttering “this is
what we put up with for a decade”. A wry smile may even have played
across Tony’s face. A guffaw will have emerged from Cherie."