Senior Tories were thrilled to see Ukip disappearing from the media not long after the European Elections - but a by-election circus in Essex gives them another sustained burst of publicity.
Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson both announced the seats they would like to go for in the next election. Both hold menace for David Cameron - one is blatant and the other better concealed.
The EU has been locked in talks over more sanctions on Russia. They should include an assessment of how badly the City could be hit by restrictions on Russian banks seeking capital.
George Osborne's response to news that Britain has recovered all the ground lost in the recession of 2008-09 speaks volumes of a government that believes it can win the election.
European leaders will gather today for a foreign ministers' meeting that is expected to be dominated by the issues of Russia and Ukraine. But what will actually be done?
Don't hold your breath for a thunderclap of judgement on Russia tomorrow at the EU foreign ministers' gathering. You might get some tough rhetoric but you will not see a major escalation of sanctions.
I understand word has gone out to Mrs Gove to stop hitting the tweet button after a series of messages blurted out on Wednesday. They threatened to undermine the coordinated Gove/Cameron operation to
Men are still overly represented in the post-reshuffle government - but that's not what it feels like to some grumbling Tory males around Westminster.
Kenneth Clarke's "retirement" from in the latest reshuffle will not have been voluntary. Meanwhile, Mr Cameron is likely to honour a pledge to give women a third of government jobs.
If Baroness Butler-Sloss came to the conclusion that her relationship to her brother meant she couldn't chair the investigation into child abuse, why couldn't the Home Office see that?
The prime minister has ventured to Perth - known as Scotland's Hampshire - to ask reticent no voters to take heart and campaign openly against independence.
Prof Sir Tom Devine believes that if the yes side win, it will be thanks to something that was for decades unimaginable: Catholics voting for independence.
David Cameron is facing isolation in the European Union as he clashes with fellow leaders at a two-day summit to choose a new president for the European Commission.