So the Tories clawed their way back in. Here’s what we do next.

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FINAL RESULTS

Ed Miliband has resigned. Nick Clegg has resigned. Nigel Farage has resigned. If the General Election were a gladiator-style battle, David Cameron would now be emerging from the arena, covered in his rivals’ blood to the shrill cheers of Daily Mail readers. That’s what this election felt like – a vicious attempt by all the parties to battle for Britain’s soul, with clearly varying degrees of success.

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The final debate before the election: Question Time.

The final televised political event before the election took place last night, as each of the three leaders faced questions from a live audience and host David Dimbleby. Frustratingly, Cameron, Miliband, and Clegg were all in the same building, but did not meet or speak face-to-face in front of the audience, and no cross-party debate actually took place. What follows is not a transcript of what took place, but a short assessment of each leader’s performance.

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With ITV and the BBC revising their plans for the televised debates, Britain experiences a rare win for democracy.

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(The three alternative parties meet in London to plan a tripartite attack on Westminster. Left to right: Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett. Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Europe)

Contrary to popular belief, democracy is not just a matter of showing up to the voting booth every 5 years or so. A democracy consists of people making decisions based on popular votes, national sentiment, and the decentralized collective decisions of various masses. We must be allowed to do more than tick a few boxes once in a while, if we wish to call ourselves a democracy.

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