A new chapter in our history begins with the youngest Prime Minister in two hundred years. Meanwhile, Gordon Brown was in and out of the palace in almost the time it takes to 'drive thru' a MacDonalds and order a Big Mac meal for two. I doubt Her Majesty has forgiven the new labour project for what it's done to her kingdom, several foreign wars, £167 billion of public debt, record youth unemployment, the highest overall unemployment since 1994 (8% of the population) a National Health Service which boasts cancer cure statistics on a par with Bulgaria and the Government's credibility on helping those struggling the most blown apart; a bleak picture of worsening poverty in Britain which was growing steadily even before the recession took root. The number of people living in poverty had climbed to 11 million by March 2008, a rise of 300,000 since 2006.
So what Gordon Brown had to smile about I really don't know. Perhaps he had forgotten we are a nation at war, suffocated by the weight of bureaucracy and taxes that under Labour, has made us a riven, socially divided, uncompetitive and failing economy, quite unprepared to meet the growing challenge from Asia. I'm beginning to sound like Nick Clegg!
Now comes the hard part. While the market may recover confidence with the arrival of a Conservative-Liberal coalition prepared to deal with the economic problems head-on, the pain will be shared by us all. We've become used to a State that is so generous that people from as far away as China and sub-Saharan Africa, are prepared to risk death every day to reach this Promised Land where everyone has rights but increasingly few have responsibilities in the sense that our grandparents would have understood.
A Conservative-led government will aim to take the necessary steps to put this nation back on its feet but the damage done over the last decade now runs so deep that even the most optimistic of observers may wonder how long the patient will take to recover from the initiative numbing consequences that are the legacy of Blair and Brown; the legion of parasitic, self-indulgent socialist bureaucrats and party activists that have done oh so well at our expense.
Meanwhile the first Cabinet posts to be announced are:
FOREIGN SECRETARY: William Hague
CHANCELLOR: George Osborne
CHIEF SECRETARY: Vince Cable
EDUCATION: David Laws
HEALTH: Andrew Lansley