Was it only a week ago? As they say a long time in politics.
For Tory voters there is the added pleasure of seeing the now headless chickens of the other parties rushing around and blaming everything but the written on stone obvious. But of course we have to remember how long it took the Tories after 1997 to recover their balance and winning ticket.
Here are a few of the wonderful reason that the losers have given for their recent defeat
The election was rigged #Thanetrigged(UKIP)
Self delusion of voters. Niel Kinnock
Leadership contest(of Miliband) took too long. Alistair Campbell
Tories used the politics of fear which were encouraged by (false) polls. Paddy Ashdown
The venal, the vile, the racist and the Zionist. George Galloway
Miliband didn’t step down in 2014. Polly Toynbee
Antisemitism- referring always to North London Miliband and his alien appearance. David Baddiel
Not promoting “our sound economic policy” and not refuting the “false statements” about Brown’s economic record. Alan Johnston
Polls should be banned during elections as they distort .Diane Abbott
Because we discarded New Labour in 2010 .Peter Mandelson
But some do talk sense. As a letter writer in the Guardian penned
“Labour has been shredded from two sides. The south of England where it feared being exposed as the tax and spend party. And Scotland where it was exposed as not being a tax and spend party. The future looks bleak.”
And not so good for the winners with Europe, Scotland, immigration, housing and the rest to worry about. But at least they get the power and the perks, the swagger and scent of victory both in the morning and afternoon.