Robert Hampton

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6th May 2005

Election Etc
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I don't know why they say politics is boring — Last night was great. As the first few results came in, showing that some really safe Labour safe seats were showing a big swing to the Liberal Democrats, I could tell we were in for an interesting night.

Boris Johnson turned up and started mumbling at Jeremy Paxman for a few minutes, entertaining Ian Hislop who was sitting next to him.

There was some sort of “Election Party” happening elsewhere in television centre. Lots of people were milling around, but the only person we saw was Jon Culshaw, doing that same dodgy impression of George W Bush that he always does.

There was some merriment with a giant spraypainted map in Newscastle, and Peter Snow’s election graphics got ever more ludicrous, with a virtual reality House of Commons and little 3D graphics flying all over the place.

Best part of the BBC’s election coverage for me was seeing Lizo off NewsRound covering the count in one constituency and looking slightly out of place.

I finally gave up and went to bed at 3am, which meant I missed George Galloway’s angry anti-war speech and his shouting match with Jeremy Paxman, but I was up long enough to see Tony Blair shifting uncomfortably as Reg Keys criticised the Iraq war.

The LibDems didn't take Garston, although their share of the vote was significantly higher. Maybe next time? Time will tell.

So, overall there's a Labour government with a much reduced majority, the Tories are coming back but nowhere near ready for Government, and the LibDems are making their best showing for ages.

Oh, and Veritas did very badly. Which was nice.

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