Tim Montgomerie had the scoop that Fraser Nelson is to become the new editor of The Spectator. He says virtually everything I would want to say about Fraser, who I regard as the most talented young writer on British politics today. I only hope that sitting in the editor's chair won't affect his prodigious output.
The appointment comes as a surprise, if only because no one knew there was about to be a vacancy. Matthew D'Ancona is leaving to pursue as yet undefined other interests. He's done a tremendous job in his three and a half years in the post. His main legacy is perhaps the successful move into the internet era and the launch of the Coffee House blog, which has become a must read for anyone in politics.
Matthew is going to continue writing his Sunday Telegraph column, but I imagine he will be taking on a key job elesewhere before too long. If I were David Cameron I'd certainly think of offering him a key role in a revitalised Downing Street Policy Unit if he wins the election. And maybe a peerage to go along with it. He would be an excellent voice for Conservatism on the red benches.
Of course, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that D'Ancona has decided to step down to pursue a political career on the green benches. I have no knowledge to that effect, but if he did decide to head in that direction it is something every Conservative should welcome.