Ultimately, I believe that we have seen two great and pleasant surprises: firstly, the election of what I believe to be the best government in the circumstances, and secondly the continued ability of the public to make up its own mind and not to be swayed by vacuous social media wars and the increasing emotional blackmail and shaming that generated so many shy Tories in the first place...
A record number of ethnic minority MPs have been elected to the House of Commons - 41 non-white MPs enter the new 2015 parliament compared to 27 at the last General Election, according to British Future's analysis of the constituency results... With approximately one in ten voters being non-white, the House of Commons remains less ethnically diverse than the electorate it serves, but there has been a rapid acceleration of progress.
Only the 'haves' will truly enjoy this Conservative majority. For the unemployed the advice must be: that zero hour contract you were offered (and that Iain Duncan Smith wanted to rename)? Even if you can't live on it, you should take it, because the alternative of a civilised period on benefits with quality jobsearch support while you you look for real work is even less likely now.
We were told to expect the tightest election of a generation and it didn't arrive. The Tories won relatively comfortably against all the predictions and polls, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls lost his seat to the Conservatives, and Labour won less seats than Gordon Brown in 2010.
If we take one thing away from Labour's defeat it should be a determination to communicate better. To step outside our lovely, lefty, social media bubbles and find a way to talk to people we don't agree with.
What was billed continuously in the media as the tightest election in generations became almost a walkover for the Tories. And you can blame the opinion polls.
For all the memes, Vines and hashtags, the old school trounced the new school in the most digitally mobile election ever. When the time came, Tory relations with wide swathes of the traditional media (i.e. print, TV, radio) lead to an old fashioned pincer movement of divide and conquer.
My guess is that many people will soon be recalling almost with fondness the relative stability of the Tory-Lib Dem coalition. Labour, presumably under a new leader, and the SNP, heralded by Alex Salmond as the Scottish lion that roared, will be in no mood to accommodate the Tories' plans for more public spending cuts and a continued squeeze on welfare programmes. Mr Cameron may wish to consult John Major on the joys of governing on a knife-edge.
When we voted against electoral reform 4 years ago, we made a choice that silenced the potential voices of millions of people. That's not democracy. In order to reclaim it for the people, we need electoral reform, not a new Prime Minister.
As we reach the end of a long and rather subdued election campaign, which party gets the gold star for best performance? Much has been made of the lack of classic moments this time around. The EdStone, #Milifandom and Cameron's "career-defining" slip are all very well and good, but they won't steal a place on the list of all time election greats...
The apparent 'economic recovery' of the UK of May 2015, can be seen in the extremely dubious terms set by the formerly incumbent Conservative-led coalition government, and none more so than in the widespread use of food banks and payday loans by the unemployed, and 'working poor' alike.
Over the years political figures have done this in various ways to varying degrees of success. Here's a few of my favourite political fashion statements from the past and present, call it the alternative 'Downing Street Catwalk' if you will.
In five years we've taken the difficult decisions we told people were necessary to turn this country around. That plan is working. There are now record numbers of people in work, living standards are rising as wages start to outpace inflation, the deficit has been halved as a share of the economy.
Thus far, I have remained uncharacteristically quiet about the election. For those that don't know me, in 2010 I created a Rage-Against-the-Machine for #1 style online group designed to support the Liberal Democrats - the party who have always been closest to my own political ideologies and who were the 'underdog' at the time. If we can get Rage to #1, went my thinking, then why not try and use the same methodologies for the election? Could a huge populist movement help to shape an election?
The boring campaign. The puerile campaign. The too-close-to-call-but-I'm-going-to-go-on-about-the-endless-permutations-of-possible-coalition-deals-any...
With both main parties holding strong leads on one issue but being weak on another, and with polarisation among the electorate so that each's strength on one issue is mostly important to its own voters but cancelled out among its opponents', this may be the first election we have recorded where the winning party is not the one who is seen as strongest on the key issue.