The attack will overshadow much of what remains of this election. But it's to be hoped rival parties can conduct their debate without further exploiting Manchester's raw grief for their own advantage.
The SNP will remain dominant, but slightly weaker, the Greens will count themselves fortunate to hang onto their one seat, meanwhile it's not clear what the point of UKIP is anymore...
What, now, is the point of UKIP? Having achieved their life-long aim, is there any need for them in a world where Theresa May is the Queen of the hard Brexit?
Some predictions see the Lib Dems winning millions of extra votes, but not a single extra seat. That would be hugely frustrating, but compared to two years ago any evidence of rising support will provide some comfort at least.
Labour’s hope is to avoid a total meltdown, leaving enough in the wreckage to hold out the hope of rebuilding....many expect this election to be Labour’s low-point — but there may be even further to fall.