It's been a weird day so far. Another cabinet minister resigns (that's four in case you had lost count) and yet many commentators seem to be underplaying this. Why? This is the most serious crisis in cabinet government since the Westland Affair. There is a clear lack of confidence in the prime minister. It's difficult to gauge the reaction of Labour MPs. We have interviewed Andrew Mackinlay and Kerry McCarthy on the programme and they both seemed quite calm. Andrew clearly expected further developments, whereas Kerry McCarthy couldn't quite see why it was all causing such a fuss. But it's MPs like them, with majorities of 5-10,000 who will determine the prime minister's fate. Will they have the courage to follow James Purnell over the top? If not, the media commentators are right to be cautious.
There are very few results to far. Sky and the BBC only announce results when the full results are in for each council. The trends we are seeing are a complete decimation of the Labour Party, a dramatic increase in support for the BNP in many areas where they already had a presence, and a resurgence of the Conservatives in the west country. But it's early days.
Very sad to hear that Paul Goodman is standing down from Parliament. It's a real shock. And it's made me really think. If people of his quality are leaving parliament, what does that say about our politics and our political system? I'll write more about this over the next couple of days, but the news has cast a real cloud over my day.
By the way, I'll be interviewing Boris at 1.50pm on PlayRadioUK.com.
If you want to listen to the interviews we have done with Nick Clegg, Paul Goodman and Simon Darby from the BNP, click HERE.