Alas I'm unable to get into the admin area and new posts until this is resolved will be on here.
It was all my fault. I was planning to reduce the number of comments per page for Martin's statement so we could deal with an expected spike in traffic. Thus I could have boosted our capacity by four-fold if the standard number of comments had been reduced from 250 to 50. Alas I got distracted and failed to do it in time.
Thankfully we have PB2.