General Election 2010: The aftermath in Merseyside
As I write I'm sat in Schipol airport in Amsterdam on my way with the Liverpool press delegation to the World Expo in Shanghai.
I thought I should put my thoughts down about the election, having predicted a much worse result for Labour than what actually transpired.
Who would have thought the Nick Clegg bounce would translate to the Liberal Democrats actually getting less seats than the party started the election with?
In Merseyside the two big shocks were in Wirral South and Sefton Central.
Wirral South, long seen as a bellweather seat, had to go to the Tories if they were to form a majority.
But against all the odds Alison McGovern held it for Labour with a majority of 500. A stunning victory for Labour.
In Sefton Central the Liberal Democrats appear to have split the anti-Labour vote which allowed Labour's Bill Esterson to come through the middle and hold the seat for his party.
I tipped Wallasey as a seat to watch but pensions minister Angela Eagle held it with a majority of 8,500 - 500 less than in 2005. Even the Labour party expected it to be tighter than that.
Then there was Liverpool Wavertree. Expected to be a close run thing Labour's Luciana Berger increased the majority of outgoing MP Jane Kennedy on the road to crushing her rival Liberal Democrat Colin Eldridge. Even she admitted to being slightly surprised by the level of her win.
There will be much soul searching among the Lib-Dems after Eldridge polled less votes than in 2005.
Labour believe his team led a campaign which was much too negative against Miss Berger. They contrast the Lib-Dems negative mail shots with Miss Berger's willingness to get out there pound the streets and met electors.
While the Lib-Dems claim they fell victim to an increased turnout and the squeeze from the Labour party which told voters if they voted Lib-Dem they would get a Tory government. It was a powerful message which the Lib-Dems struggled to deal with.
The truth may lay somewhere in the middle. Readers will remember I asked questions whether the Lib-Dems had over played their hand after Miss Berger's turbulent start in Liverpool politics.
Miss Berger undoubtedly benefited from the fear of the Conservatives. But Labour also ran a strong campaign locally.
Labour threw the kitchen sink at Eldridge, which culminated in the launch of the Come Clean Colin website.
Eldridge had dubbed himself as the "local choice" vs "London Luciana". But he hails from Berkshire, something Labour pointed out. Granted he'd lived in the city for seven years and had been on the city council.
He was also hit by criticism from Michael Shields family and revelations about a former business venture.
Whether these controversies actually affected the result is hard to judge. In the end it doesn't matter.
Eldridge has suffered a crushing defeat. While Miss Berger is on her way to parliament he faces the prospect of life without a seat on the city council and no job.
Those who witnessed Eldridge in the early hours will know how cruel politics can be. And the same applies to many other candidates who have spent years trying to get elected.
In the words of Bill Shankly: "If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing."