I'm sure a grateful nation will be able to wait for my contributions on Sky at 10pm and 10.30pm and News 24 at 11.45pm, but I think we need a Conservative reaction sooner rather than later. Anyone listening?
UPDATE 17.32: The Conservative Party has just released a statement from an unnamed spokesman.
We are disappointed that after weeks of spinning the Prime Minister has now decided not to call an election. In doing so he has deprived the British people of the chance to vote for the much needed change this country needs. "What's now clear to everyone is that Gordon Brown has been obsessing about his own political future when he should have been running the country. This is an extraordinary demonstration of his weakness and indecision. He has changed his mind in the face of the strength and clarity of the Conservative argument. As long as he remains in Downing Street Britain faces more NHS cuts, falling school standards and rising crime. The Conservative party will continue to fight for real change and against more Labour failure.
Was that the sound of champagne corks popping at CCHQ?
UPDATE 5.45pm: David Cameron has just done a five minute piece outside his home in Oxfordshire. Brilliant performance. You can just tell that the last week has re-energised him. He spoke in a statesmanlike way, no gloating, just proper criticism from a Leader of the Opposition. His adrenalin was flowing. This is what he said...
“The reason why the Prime Minster has cancelled this election is because the Conservative Party is making the arguments about changes this country needs and people are responding very positively to our proposals.
“He has shown great weakness and indecision - it is quite clear that he has not been focused on running the country and he has been trying to spin his way into a General Election campaign, he has now had to make a humiliating retreat.
“The big disappointment for me, and I think for millions of people in the country, is that we now have to wait for a possible two years before we can get the real change we need in our country - change to improve our NHS, change to raise standards in schools, change to give people opportunity in their lives.
“The Prime Minister says he has a vision for change - well put that vision to people in a General Election - this is not a vision for change, this is just a strategy to cling to office.”