Labour needs to start listening to the people again. Instead, Scottish Labour managed to find someone with even less personality than Ed Miliband, which is really saying something. The fact he has announced he is staying as leader in Scotland should be interesting and even more disastrous - self-serving even in defeat.
Some changes really are instant. And if four year olds, with no voting power at all, living under the poverty line can still find a way to give lentils to starving babies? If they can feel powerful, purely because it never occurs to them that they don't have the power to change the world and help others?
There is no point pretending that this is anything other than a disastrous result, yes especially in Scotland, but in England too. Perhaps one of the reasons we are in this position is because we took so long to elect a new leader after Gordon Brown lost in 2010 that we allowed the Tories to frame the politics surrounding the economy for the entire Parliament, and we did not rebut their attacks on our overall record with sufficient clarity or vigour, nor have arguments and policies able to build a coalition of support across the centre and the left of the political spectrum. Likewise clearly whatever strategies we thought we had for dealing with the nationalist surge in Scotland, they were not adequate.
Election fever has brought a rash of in-depth debates from all the political parties about various issues - the health service, affordable housing, non-doms, the economy. But none have even begun to scratch the surface of one of the most serious problems of our time. Child abuse images.
This country needs change. We need to sort out our house. The people are being ripped off and exploited by multinational companies, by the media, by our own elected officials, and all of this has got to stop.
Sitting in the office this afternoon feels a little bit like being in the eye of a hurricane. The sound and fury of the election campaign has stilled for the day, and we can enjoy this period of eerie quiet before the storm of coalition building starts tomorrow. How long that storm will rage depends on what voters are deciding in polling stations all over Britain right now. We'll wait and see what they have created tomorrow.
At The Huffington Post UK we've made a big deal of raising the importance of remembering to unplug from digital media, recharge the mind and sleep. And there's a good reason - it's not hipster hocus-pocus. Our coverage, which comes under the banner The Third Metric, shows there's bags of scientific evidence that all of these life choices help with an issue that's a stake this Friday morning - good quality decision making. This week Britons will vote in their millions to entrust a few hundred people with the future of the country. We trust them to make the right decisions without even knowing how they reach them. We are trusting our leaders to make massively important decisions on no sleep.
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...
This is not an impossible dream. Seventy other countries have proportionally more women in their Parliaments than the UK and it is possible to solve this problem in a single day, for example Senegal went from 22% women in Parliament to 44%, overnight, in one election.
Everybody knows that no one is going to win this election outright, so what really matters is who David Cameron or Ed Miliband have by their side in Government. Ask yourself this: Do you want Nigel Farage walking through the door of No 10? Do you want Alex Salmond sat at the cabinet table? Or do you want me and the Liberal Democrats? We will always put the good of the country first and provide stability and fairness, just as we have done for the last five years. We will always stand up for unity against those who seek to pull us apart. We won't divide our communities, like Ukip. We won't divide our society, like the Conservatives. And we won't rip our country apart, like the SNP.
This election is unlike any other. British politics is splintering, but what most of us can agree on is that change is desperately needed. This Thursday is your chance to make it happen.
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.
When we debate Trident's future, we would do well to recognise that although we no longer live in direct fear of nuclear weapons, as the older ones of us may remember from the Cold War, the risk and threat still remain as powerful as ever.
Forty million voters go to the polls today in what promises to be the closest election in a lifetime. And the ballot paper presents voters with a clear choice. The choice is between a failing Conservative plan and a better plan for working families with Ed Miliband's Labour.
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.
Dear Non-Voter, Happy Democracy Day! Like you, many decades ago, people used to get their knickers in a twist and protest against the Lord of their land, who much like society today (or more commonly know as "the man") was constantly telling them what they could and couldn't do.