I love the way our politicians have latched onto the idea that "the people have spoken, and we must listen to what they have said". Yes, but conveniently the people all spoke at the same time. Who knows what we're saying?
So now it's Sooty & Sweep Time ("What did you say, Electorate? You want those big Tory cuts anyway? What about you, Sweep? You, too? No, you shut up, Sue, no-one likes you, anyway")
Sigh. Rarely do those those wise but futile words ring so true as in the aftermath of an election: "Don't vote, it only encourages them". Or maybe, "If voting really changed anything, they'd make it illegal".
N.B. has anyone else spotted the new phrase: "deals done in smoke-free rooms"? I can't decide whether it's ironic or a mindless update of a well-worn (but once meaningful) cliché. Probably both: a politician's joke that's already unfunny.
I've been in bed, unwell, while all this was happening. Listening to it half-awake on the radio has been surreal. I'm not sure it's any less so now I'm back on my feet.
On the bright side: just look what happened to the BNP in Barking (and did you hear that spot on the Today Programme about the Labour campaign there? Inspirational!), and we have our first Green MP.