The enormity of the discovery of the first of the two failed car bombs sunk in slowly through morning. As the minutes ticked by and new details emerged I found myself adjusting the start of my piece for CiF today (see below). Once it was filed, concentration was difficult. The TV and radio gripped me as tightly as they had yesterday when the cabinet was announced but, of course, far more chillingly. In fairness to Jacqui Smith, landed with a potentially catastrophic terror attack on her first full day in her new job, she cut a calm, confident figure speaking outside Number 10 with the newly appointed and rather daunting figure of Admiral Sir Alan West at her shoulder. It was easy to see why West, a Falklands veteran, was asked to be present. But as the BBC's reporter observed it was interesting that Smith, rather than Brown, emerged to address the cameras. Would Blair have stayed indoors in the same circumstances? Whatever the thinking behind that, it showed that Smith wasn't going to hide or be hidden, which was important I suppose. It's a big job, running a country. Sometimes I really admire politicians.