Tim Montgomerie seems to half agree with Charlie and has just tweeted this...
I'm sorry @IainDale but @CharlieWhelan is half right. Labour should have been obliterated but they survived.
No, Tim. Obliteration was never going to happen. The fact is that Labour lost more seats than at any election for decades, including 1983 I believe. The Tories won more seats than at any election since 1931 and got a bigger swing in 1979. The electoral map makes it impossible to obliterate Labour, and Tim should know that. In 1983 they got 223 seats. It is difficult to conceive that they could have ever gone below that. As it was, they improved on that by 35 seats.
We should also remember that there were 16,000 votes in 15 constituencies that were the difference between a Conservative majority and the opposite.
Yes, there were things the Tory leadership got wrong and I will write about those another time, but there were two parties who had glum faces on Friday morning and neither of them were the Conservative Party. Yes, it was disappointing not to have David Cameron walking into Downing Street on Friday, but I think we all believe that's what will happen later on today or tomorrow.
When the interview on the News Channel was finished, Simon McCoy said to Charlie: "You didn't really believe that, did you?" Charlie replied: "I'm a spin doctor!". Says it all.