The Prime Minister will want to avoid the trap that Gordon Brown created for himself in the autumn of 2007.
The number of possibilities teaches us three lessons about politics today. Firstly, never to underestimate the role played by mere chance. Secondly, that this is not an age of great leaders who make their own luck. And, thirdly, that we need to choose more carefully in future.
Do not confuse the quietude on the part of Matthew Parker Street for anything more than the usual calm between election periods.
Even amidst dire polling for the Tories nationally, nobody seems to think a 1997-style wipeout is on the table in Scotland.
He describes the authoritarian and grossly under-reported way in which our future MPs, and ministers, are being chosen.
Over this period, the UK’s economic growth was level with the US’s and exceeded the other five members of the G7. In other words, on international comparisons, we did well.
The Government’s aim should be to make pricing more competitive, less complicated, less bureaucratic and more flexible.
A problem throughout is that he was there, but is too well-behaved to tell us what he heard.
Don’t assume that it will necessarily happen only after the boundary review has come into effect.
If Conservatives don’t take the Opposition seriously, one can hardly blame them. And yet that could prove to be a big mistake.
These elections were very good indeed for the Conservatives – though there are warning signs of a potential Blue Wall effect in the south.
Contra mistaken notions of ‘unionist unity’, the Opposition can reach sections of the current SNP vote that the Tories cannot.