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Gordon could have the last laugh

In the end, Gordon Brown's audience with the Queen lasted for just 15 minutes. He will stand down as an MP within weeks and will take up jobs in academia and possibly with the International Monetary Fund.

I bet he will go back to Fife tonight to be with his family. As he left Buckingham Palace the police outriders deserted him - a sad symbol of how brutal and instant the loss of power is.

His speech encapsulated everything that was noble about the man. Most people who know him hope he will be happier out of politics, but I suspect the adjustment will take some time.

At the moment we have no idea what sort of government will take over.

It's still possible that the Lib Dems' Federal Executive could veto the proposed deal between David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

That would mean David Cameron will be the leader of a minority government, going it alone.

The next few hours will contain just as many twists and turns.



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