I've had a tip-off that A4e has been sold and the staff will be informed on Monday. Since I can't confirm that, I won't go into any more detail. If it's true it raises some interesting questions.
Last night on Newsnight there was supposed to be a debate about "welfare" with representatives from Labour and the Conservatives. Labour's Rachel Reeves and Stephen Timms were already on their way when they were told it had been cancelled - the Conservatives had pulled out. It seems that Mark Harper, minister for the disabled, had withdrawn with two hours notice. So, since we're now under election rules, the producers couldn't empty-chair him. Instead there was a "panel" on which Fraser Nelson spouted egregious Conservative tripe and Will Hutton talked sense. Also there was Deirdre Kelly ("White Dee"), because the media now treat her as some sort of representative of the unemployed. It was terrible. The Daily Politics has been holding a series of debates among party spokespeople on various areas of government, and on May 5th there's to be one on "welfare", including Iain Duncan Smith. The editor assures me, via Twitter, that IDS won't withdraw and, no, it isn't already recorded, it goes out live. We'll see.