Night of the long fishknives

With a Tory party threatening to implode, or at least retreat to the shires to consider its options, and a young and dynamic Liberal leader savaged on the telly by a senile old Lord in a bath chair, you know that things can only get worse in the British polity. And so it most probably will, as the prime minister gets to work this evening on clearing out the dead wood from government.

Tomorrow will likely be a particularly busy day for political publishers and literary agents.