No, I didn't stay up all night, but what with Radio 4 taking over the World Service and the summaries on the news sites, it's pretty clear what's been happening. Grant Shapps has vowed that there will be no pact between UKIP and the Conservatives for the 2015 election, but voters have made him eat his words at Council level as Tories have lost control of key Councils and will need to work with new UKIP Councillors to govern. That will mean at least some cabinet-level jobs for UKIP Councillors - and a training-ground for future UKIP MPs. I suppose the one comfort is that Cameron has promised there will be no pacts with UKIP, making such pacts a virtual certainty.
I remember my first term at mining school in Doncaster asking a pub landlady for a roll and just for a second she thought I was making an indecent proposal before pointing me to a selection of cobs. I soon learned to call cabs taxis, and generally got things right except for one night at Donny's only nightclub, Juliets (no apostraphe) when I approached a lass who looked 100% home counties, all gymkhanas, teeth and poise - for her to respond in pure south Yorkshire "Is thy not whaerm? I'm fair sweating, me". I offer the foregoing to explain that I understand fully why uber-geek Miliband cannot connect with Labour voters north of Stamford. Labour is the London party that screwed the economy and flooded Britain with immigrants. And for anyone who knew how deeply and pervasively the NCB pumped the blood in the veins of local communities - an NCB apprenticeship being the equivalent of a grammar school place, and a pit deputy's job being about as middle class as you could get - the Tories are still about as popular as Satan.
No one is going to pretend that overnight UKIP will change from a mass of excited cats to a disciplined party structure. Before the week is out, electoral success will have brought resignations, party switches, schisms and rows, all of which will be seized upon by the MSM with glee. But the job has been done; yesterday the British people did not what was logical, calculated or advantageous but what was a resounding blow for democracy, a reminder to the entire political class and its dags of the power of the ballot box. The winner is not UKIP but the British people. Let's celebrate this as a beautiful dawn.