“Nothing has changed”. Well, not a lot anyway. Surprises were thin on the ground. It was a very conservative election. In England, Scotland and Wales the party that has, on the whole successfully, managed the Covid epidemic could claim victory. No doubt the efficient roll-out of the vaccination programme contributed. Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford have all been rewarded. Likewise in England approval has been given to incumbent mayors, and those who are perceived to be doing a good job – Andy Burnham in Manchester, Ben Houchen in the Tees Valley – have seen their majorities soar.