Unsurprisingly, the Tories have been running around like headless chickens since their votes were counted (it didn't take long) in Eastleigh.
Hand me down the shark repellent Batspray!
Italians fatigued by politics may have switched on the television on Sunday night for a spot of escapism.
Barack Obama warned on Saturday of a "ripple effect" through the US economy that would cost hundreds of thousands of jobs after he reluctantly signed an order to begin a huge $85bn (£56bn) programme of government cuts.
David Cameron is to convene a series of meetings with backbench Tory MPs in the coming weeks in an attempt to head off the threat of a possible leadership challenge, amid rising concern in Conservative ranks that he lacks a convincing strategy to contain Nigel Farage's rampant UK Independence party.
David Cameron has been put on notice by anxious Tory MPs to improve his party's fortunes in this month's budget and the May local elections or risk a leadership challenge, after they suffered the humiliation of being beaten into third place by Ukip in the Eastleigh byelection.
The Scottish National party is starting to exhibit the same arrogance and complacency that proved the downfall of Scottish Labour, according to Alastair Campbell, who also accused party leader Nicola Sturgeon of lacking any “big vision” for the country.
Misdirection is an underrated weapon in parliament: the best way of dealing with an embarrassing situation is to create an even greater embarrassment.
The Green party has launched its EU referendum campaign, promising to be “loud and proud” about backing Britain’s membership.