In this strange post election time everyone is trying to make sense of what has happened and what should happen next. (This blog for instance got a lot of hits yesterday which I can only presume was people keen to find others with whom to share the surreal political moment; sorry but I was glued to the television watching events unfold! )
Questions today: will the Lib Dems actually do a deal with Cameron’s Conservatives? ( Current thinking among those who know most is: probably not; Cameron will go it alone.) Will there be another election soon? Who will lead Labour into that? But of course these questions of process both disguise and give form to the hopes and anxieties of progressives everywhere, those of us who desperately do not want a Tory government again, particularly now that Cameron sniffs power, less acceptable Tory attitudes and politics are beginning to come into the light.
A consensus seems to have emerged on what needs to be protected now: our vital public services, civil liberties, substantive action on climate change, progressive political reform and a change in direction in our foreign policy.
An important ps: this election has also shown up how far we have to go in terms of getting women into the centre of our political life. By the end of the election I was sick of the sight of rows of men in suits, at press conferences, political meetings, in the tv studios. We need real women at the forefront of every level of our politics. How do we achieve that?