There are three features of the result that I find particularly worrying. The first is once again a largely Eurosceptic country has elected a Parliament with a federalist majority. UKIP played a minor part in again securing this unfortunate outcome by standing against Eurosceptic Conservatives , allowing federalists to point to their tiny vote and no seats to claim the Eurosceptic cause is a small minority one.
The second is the growing split in the politics of England from the politics of other parts of the Union. Scotland elected just one Conservative MP and saw a swing to Labour. Northern Ireland elected no Conserative and Unionist MPs. Even in Wales, where there was a modest Conservative revival, the country remained a Labour stronghold. In a hung Parliament the politics of devolution mean the non English parts of the Union demanding all immunity from public spending reductions as the price of their support for other measures.
The third is the election of a Parliament with an overall majority for putting off tackling the deficit. A majority of MPs in the new Parliament – though a smaller majority than in the old – probably think spending more public money will “sustain recovery” and see no threat from taxing too much, borrowing too much and regulating too much.
This is the bakground to political attempts to find a way of governing. If Conservatives compromise with the Parliamentary majority they will be placed under suspicion by their true supporters. If they refuse to seek a means of governing the country they are letting it down at a time when some important decisons do need taking, whatever the composition of the Commons.