Cameron can savour win - but not for long
One has to go back to the fall of the Iron Lady Mrs Thatcher, or the political tornado that swept Tony Blair into Number 10 Downing Street, to register such a shock in British public life.
Those interested in the spectacle of political blood sport will have been sated by the sight of the heads of three leaders in a bucket. As Nick Clegg, the crushed Lib Dems leader, put it: "It was a cruel night."
The results spell massive disappointment for Labour and disaster for the Liberal Democrats. David Miliband, Mr Clegg and Nigel Farage paid the price of failure.