We'd figured when we got up we'd see what the new government was, too, not just our new MP. But of course we've turned out not to have government yet - and it seems hard to see how they can hammer out a deal between any of the parties without a large swathe of the population being righteously indignant. Either it'll be a leftwing part of the population saying that the Tories are "evil" or a rightwing part of the population pointing out that it's a government formed by the "losers of the election". For all that I'm leftwing myself, I both find the "Tories are evil" rhetoric distasteful* and find it hard to see how you can justify a Lab-Lib coalition government which doesn't have an overall majority particularly when it leaves out the party who got both most seats and most votes in the election. So if the Tories and the Lib Dems can find common ground, then that seems to make most sense in terms of actually getting a functional government. And let's face it, we need a functional government. Who knows tho, it's out of our hands now, unless we have another general election immediately to see if we the public can be a bit more coherent next time - I think the quote I've seen that I like best is someone on Radio 4 said "The British public have spoken, it's just not quite clear what they said" ;)
Interesting times :/
*I don't like it on a gut level, I strongly feel that one shouldn't demonise people simply for disagreeing with one. Whilst there are extremists at the edges of the political spectrum whose opinions do disturb me, I don't think any of the mainstream political parties fall into that category - and tolerance shouldn't only extend as far as those I agree with. But also (I think it was jaq I saw point this out) if we move to a Proportional Representation voting system then coalition governments are the way of the future and how can this possibly be a workable political system if you've already decided that one of the three main parties (looking at vote numbers from this election) is "not allowed" to be approached?