My General Election prediction was wide of the mark. The result is far more complicated and very unsatisfactory for any party seeking a workable coalition.
For many, this was a night to forget
It was no great surprise, but Gordon Brown has lost the election. He will not survive as Prime Minister for very long.
David Cameron has fallen too far short of an overall majority to seize the reins of power by default.
Nick Clegg has not enjoyed the breakthrough he might have expected. His negotiating strength will be limited.
Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Peter Robinson, has lost the seat he held for 31 years.
The SNP hoped for 20 seats. It has repeated its 2005 haul of just six seats.
The Ulster Unionist Party, Northern Ireland’s largest until less than a decade ago, has failed to win a single seat. A disappointment for both the UUP and David Cameron.
It was a very bad night for Nick Griffin (BNP), George Galloway (Respect) and Nigel Farage (UKIP), the latter of whom must reflect on his performance from his hospital bed. They each fell short of victory, and must settle for bronze.
There were just a few successes
Caroline Lucas won Brighton Pavillion for the Green Party. Its first ever seat and a major breakthrough.
The NI Alliance Party won East Belfast; Naomi Long took the seat at Peter Robinson’s expense (or due to Mr Robinson’s expenses?) Another first; another major breakthrough.
Plaid Cymru gained one seat.
With such wide variations from the average national swing, many new MPs will be proud of their own individual successes.
And the voters?
Many voters were unable to vote and are very angry. But the rest of us have got the government we deserve. Or at least we might get it, eventually.
For many, this was a night to forget. But it will be remembered for a very long time.
This time next week, anyone could be our Prime Minister. Let the negotiations begin.