What has happened since the election is supposedly a taste of what will happen if we ever get proportional representation. Count me as a convert. What we have here is information we donâ€™t get when the winner just ends up outside Downing Street looking smug and standing on a big pile of votes. We get a plain view of how the senior political classes behave while under pressure; how they behave towards their frenemies in the other parties, how they react to the various gurglings and moanings from within their own ranks. We see the media throwing up all commitment to the pretence of objectivity in their reporting â€“ we get to see the narrative being constructed rather than having to guess at that through how it being plays out.
We get to judge the capabilities of politicians conducting their everyday tradecraft â€“ and my, doesnâ€™t Cameron look the weak willie? Thereâ€™s still a remote possibility that heâ€™ll have his coalition snatched from under him by the party sixty seats behind: a week ago his party was talking about storming into No 10 even if they didnâ€™t get a majority. In fact, this may be working to his temporary advantage if it really has led people in the Labour Party to rediscover the virtues of principled opposition. More generally, we get to see all of them squirming about in the petri dish. We become a more educated electorate. Hell, Sky should have sent Adam Boulton home with some powerful tranquillisers days ago and hired David Attenborough to cover for him.