I'm still gearing up to starting full-scale recriminations against those who betrayed the cause during this election. Watch this space.
But - as an inital fusilade, I'd like to start with all of the tossers who have spent recent months saying that there is very little difference between any of the main parties and that the election would be boring and pointless.
Let's start with an idiot's guide to the strategy that the centre-left has adopted in the UK over the past decade (read my version, or the ex-New Statesman diarist Mat Coward's version in the Independent letters page last week)
In this election, we wanted to win a majority similar to the last one. This would have demolished any remaining credibility that the Conservatives had as an electoral force. It may even have caused them to fragment.
New Labour has always been clear that it's defining feature is it's ability to win elections. This means being able to defend it's flanks against it's most credible rival.
If a centre-right rival is neutralised, it follows that the Labour Party would be freer to adopt some of the policies that it's core supporters would support rather than the policies foisted on it by the necessity of beating the Tories.
This is a credible strategy designed to bring some meaning back to a system that (for us,in the Labour Party) was completely meaningless during the 18 years of Conservative Government.
Of course, this strategy has suffered a major setback now that loads of middle class dweebs chose a vanity-vote for the lib-dems to show that the Iraq was was prosecuted 'not in their name'. If these poor didums had been able to bring themselves to hold their quivering aqualine noses in the polling booth and vote Labour, the result would have been remarkably similar to 2001. John Cryer, Oona King and Callum MacDonald (to name but a few) would still be MPs and the Tories would have been scratching around for yet another leader.
There has always been a fairly vocal minority in the Labour Party (John Harris is the latest example) who haven't understood the need for patience, but the tens-of-thousands of activists who have spent recent weeks knocking on doors are not among them.
I'm not even close to finessing this rant yet. More l8r.