The old joke is that when Mao Tse Tung was asked what had been the consequences of the French Revolution, he replied that it was too soon to tell.
Here we are, on Friday afternoon, and we still have no firm idea of the consequences of the results. All three party leaders have spoken, and the ball seems to be firmly in David Cameron’s court (or perhaps I should say Nick Clegg’s) but, as last night itself showed, nothing in this election is predictable.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour MP who accused Israel of “war crimes” against Palestinians, has held his seat in Islington North.
Mr Corbyn enjoyed a 3.3 per swing from the Liberal Democrats to the Labour Party, in his North London constituency.
The backbencher, who recently chaired a talk at the Houses of Parliament which compared Israel’s action in Gaza to the Jews' suffering in the Holocaust, now enjoys one of the biggest majorities in London, of 12,401.
Jewish MP Louise Ellman last night held on to her seat in Liverpool Riverside – despite a contest in which she and neighbouring MP Luciana Berger were targeted for their membership of Labour Friends of Israel.
Mrs Ellman benefited from a 0.3 per cent swing to Labour from the Liberal Democrats – meaning that her 59.2 per cent share of the vote was bolstered.
Lady Jakobovits, 81, the widow of the former Chief Rabbi Lord Jakobovits, died in hospital on Friday.
Her family had earlier asked people to recite prayers on her behalf as she lay in intensive care in the Royal Free Hospital in North West London. An estimated 2800 mourners gathered outside her home in Hendon on Sunday afternoon to pay their respects as the cortege set off for Jerusalem, where she was due to be buried on Monday.
The family will be sitting shiva until Friday at 51 Shirehall Park NW4, from 9am until evening services at 9.30 pm.