May. 7th, 2010

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It used to be said that a week is a long time in politics.

Never mind that, the last 24 hours or so has felt like one of those days that Jack Bauer would have found a bit on the eventful side, politically speaking. Some real disappointments along the way - the Lib Dem lack of seats, with Dr Evan Harris a notable casualty, the appalling organisation at some polling stations, turnout at 65% meaning that a third of the population simply couldn't be arsed to vote in one of the closest elections in a generation. I was gutted to see that over 2000 people voted BNP in my constituency but then again they didn't win anything nationally, so perhaps this is a high water mark for their extremist thuggery?

On the plus side, the prospect of electoral reform, scrapping of ID cards and the potential hack and slash of a Tory majority tempered by the need to seek consensus. Let's have a government of national unity, put tribalism to one side while we sort out the economy and then crack on with the real business of politics that engages with the task of making life better and fairer for everyone.

I was a comparative light weight in the telly watching stakes, following the comedy on channel 4 before crawling up to bed just before two. I did wake up again just after six to catch up with events on Twitter and then kept a weather eye on the speeches and the comings and goings during the day. I imagine that we'll have a better idea of where things stand by Monday morning.


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