that I couldn't give a running commentary on Election 97 which was running from 0900 on BBC Parliament. "Were you still up for Portillo" would probably have meant around midday in the repeat? I forget when it happened. I spent that election night at Tory headquarters. It was a long and increasingly lonely night, as only the bare essential party workers hung around. William Hague did a good turn though in a succession of interviews I watched him do around - oh I dunno, 3am - but the thing about being in a place like that is you are strangely disconnected from the excitement of Election Night. Mr Major arrived very late in the night - I think the sun had risen...was it around 6? He gave a good speech from half way up to stairs, as down with me what seemed like 5,000 party workers had come from nowhere to say what everyone knew would be goodbye. Being from the BBC, I got several digs in the ribs - literally - from party workers who blamed the Corporation or perhaps me personally for the turn of events. In fact, now I think about it, having taped the Election Night show yesterday, I might watch it later to see if that moment makes it on.
Now, to emerge from the time warp and on with today.