As Harold Wilson never said, twenty-four hours is a long time in politics. Yesterday morning, I was writing ruefully about the Lib-Lab “coalition of losers” that looked increasingly likely. Today, David Cameron is in Downing Street. Down the road, there are all sorts of questions about the durability of the coalition, and the public allocation of blame for the inevitable cuts, hardship and austerity. Labour’s next campaign slogan could be “Remember we opposed the Tory cuts”.
But for now (and for the first time in my twelve-year political career), we have a Conservative Prime Minister in Number Ten.
As Maggie Thatcher certainly did say, “Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice”. Our hopes and aspirations go with you, Dave. Keep the faith.