First-Past-the-Election

"The verdict was already in, even before polling day. This was not an internet election, and all those who had suggested it might be had got it completely wrong. It was a television election, and all of those tweeters and bloggers were sad political obsessives talking to each other. Hold on a minute - can I insert a couple of points about what has already become received wisdom? First, even the most rabid of digital…