Those of you out there who, besides Gordon Brown, are pleased the PM decided not to call an election, please raise your hands!
Had it been 1 November Ã¢â‚¬’ the date many in the Westminster village had predicted Ã¢â‚¬’ it could have caused BBC boffins and forward-planners an enormous headache.
Apparently, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the night the studio where the election coverage was to have taken place had already been booked for Strictly Come Dancing.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Those who do that show were refusing to use another studio,Ã¢â‚¬ says my informer, Ã¢â‚¬Å“so even before the election was called there were discussions and arguments about who might win over the day Ã¢â‚¬’ the ballroom types or the political nerds.Ã¢â‚¬
James Stephenson, though, is breathing a sigh of relief. He had been designated to take over as bureau chief in Jerusalem and thought he would have to postpone his move Ã¢â‚¬’ but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all going ahead as planned. I imagine heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have a more interesting time in the Middle East.