For several months, Iain Dale had been hinting and other Tory bloggers ( The Hunter for one) claimed that on good authority, they were expecting a defection to the Tories.
I guess today's news wasn't what they were expecting.
As Nick Robinson said on BBC News earlier, if "Cameron isn't worried about this then I am a Pineapple".
It fits in also rather nicely with Ming's assessment that their is little to separate the Tories and Labour these days. Perhaps it is merely that Labour mean what they say, even if it is wrong, whilst the Tories say it to sound like they mean it.