So, it's all over, the fat lady sang, and we have a Labour government for another five years. Michael Howard is stepping down. Tony Blair claims that he's decided to listen to what we, the people want (what a backwards method of admitting he didn't listen in the first place), and to my delight, the Liberal Democrats did the best out of all three political parties, even though they still have the minority number of seats in Parliament (62).

Is this the beginning of a new era? Could be. I think it will depend entirely on what Charles Kennedy and the rest of the Lib Dems do in the coming years. They need to focus on their public profile - changing the preconception that most people over the age of 30 have about them (that they have no real policies, no real leadership qualities - basically what the Republicans hit Kerry with in the last US election campaign) will garner them a lot more public support than they already have. I firmly believe that the increase in support comes from my generation - the liberal, educated, healthy-minded age group. Luckily for Kennedy, that's the generation that's increasing, unlike the majority of Conservative voters.

Onwards and upwards men! I'm holding onto the thought that Blair might not last the 5 years, especially with that dodgy ticker of his.