I for one stayed awake until around 7am before retiring for a couple of hours sleep.
It started much better than expected, with neither the tories or the lib dems gaining that early boost they expected. I'm not going to give you a narrative of the night's proceedings, I'm hoping you already know.
And all this Tory talk of the 'moral right' of the conservatives to form a government is complete and utter crap. You don't work on what you think is morally right, you go by what the law says - and our constitution is very clear, that the incumbent PM is given the first chance to form a government. There's no beating around the bush, it's that simple.
Anyway, a run down of what happens next:
David Cameron tries to get a majority.
- Allying with the Democratic Unionist Party - gives Cameron 313 seats
- Allying with the Liberal Democrats (coalition unlikely) - gives Cameron 362 seats
Gordon Brown tries to form a government. Only way this can happen is...
- Form a Coalition with the Liberal Democrats - gives Brown 315 seats
- He will still require the support of smaller parties:
- + Green Party - gives Brown 319 seats (likely)
- + Alliance Party - gives Brown 320 seats (quite likely)
- + Plaid Cymru - gives Brown 323 seats (unlikely but possible)
- (and or) Scottish National Party - gives Brown 329 / 326 seats (unlikely but possible)
So don't be goaded into thinking it's all over. There's still Brown, There's still hope.