I'm bored of all the interviews on tv after the election. They all follow the same format, reveal nothing, and repeat themselves. Here's how it works:
tv: So, it's been a catastrophic night for you. Your majority has been massively reduced and your share of the popular vote is the lowest ever for a winning party. Bad news isn't it?
politician: Not at all. We've won a historic third term, and if we'd have gotten this majority in 1997 we would have been well pleased. It all goes to show that we're the best and everyone likes us.
tv: So, it's been a catastrophic night for you hasn't it? You've lost yet again, your share of the popular vote has hardly gone up. Bad news isn't it?
politician: Not at all. We've gained tons of seats from Labour including some great victories. It all goes to show that people liked our campaign.
Lib Dem Interview
tv: So, it's been a catastrophic night for you hasn't it? The 'decapitation' you hoped for never happened, you didn't take many seats, and this was probably the best chance you'll ever get. Bad news isn't it?
politician: Not at all. Our share of the vote went up across the board, we gained some seats, and it puts us in a great position for next time. It all goes to show that we now have a three party politics.
Boring, isn't it? What do all these broadcast journalists think they'll get out of the interview? An admission that the party is doing crap? It's all a bit of a crap attempt to create conflict. Admittedly, they've got hours and hours of airtime to fill, but how about instead pointing out the huge difference between percentage of total votes and percentage of total seats and asking whether they'd support a change to the voting system? That seems to me to be the biggest issue that has come out of this election, and Blair warning that a vote for Lib Dem would let the Tories ('by the back door') was admitting that there is problem.