Well one thing is for sure, as a commentator mentioned earlier today, at least this Prime Minister and her No.10 team can keep a secret! Today's announcement of an election took everyone, including all the experts, totally by surprise - as well as, I suspect, many of the key figures in her government. Also, the timing is impeccable. There is bound to be a slow start to the Brexit negotiations not least because of the forthcoming elections in France and Germany so now was a good time to get our own house in order. If, as seems to be beyond doubt, the lady marches her party to Parliament with a whopping majority over the mouldering corpse of the Labour party then that will strengthen her negotiating hand against the Europeans.
Mind you, there are always those irritating 'unknown unknowns'. The fate of the Labour party is now up for grabs. If it is a massacre at dawn then how many of the survivors will be moderates or extremists? Or if the decimation is so extreme, will there even be the vestiges of a Labour party left to act as an opposition? Many commentators suggest that the Lib-Dems will see a resurgence but even if they double the number of MPs that will only give them 18 seats!
There's nothing like a good cliché so I will trot this one out - nature abhors a vacuum! So in a situation in which the Tory party utterly dominates Parliament then some of the more contentious parts of the Brexit negotiations might induce a section of wet Tory 'Remoaner' MPs to consider breaking away to form a new opposition party. Not likely, I think, but a possibility.
The Jocks, of course, will continue their non-stop moaning and it is extremely unlikely that the ScotsNats will not win overall but if the Tories succeed in increasing their share of MPs by a larger than expected number then that might give 'Mrs. MacWhinge' pause for thought. Happily, I know even less about the politics of Ulster than any other part of the UK but the stupidity (putting it kindly) of the Unionists might give the Nationalists a bit of a boost.
Meanwhile, 'back at the ranch', a whopping great win for 'St. Theresa of May' will put her firmly in charge of her own party. I hope, nay, I pray, that she will take full advantage of her new found power and kick out some of the deadbeat cabinet ministers that 'Dim Dave' left her, starting with the gormless prat who runs the Treasury and who made a total cock-up of the budget.
All in all, by and large and taken in the round, I think a very large, celebratory Calvados is in order but will someone tell 'The Donald' to hold off the war with 'Fat Boy Kim' until after June 8th!