The UK election 2015 has been an entertaining one, if not anything else, given the war of words, the political jibes and bizarre promises as the results closed in on Friday.
Here are some of the best quotes to put the UK Election 2015 in perspective:
The 'Eating Hat' Promise
Paddy Ashdown, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, promised to 'eat his hat on live television' if exit polls come true on their predictions that the party will be reduced to only 10 seats in the House of Commons.
The statement expectantly led to a barrage of memes on social media, and someone even created a parody account called Paddy Ashdown's Hat -
5000 followers? Seriously? In 45 minutes? THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS, BRITAIN
— Paddy Ashdown's Hat (@paddys_hat) May 7, 2015
Blaming 'Racists, Zionists' for Defeat
Respect party MP George Galloway took his loss to Labour Party's Naz Shah rather badly, stating that 'racists' and 'Zionists' will celebrate.
"I don't begrudge the Labour members here their moment of celebration of course. But there will be others who are already celebrating: the venal, the vile, the racists and the Zionists will all be celebrating. The hyena can bounce on the lion's grave but it can never be a lion and in any case, I'm not in my grave. As a matter of fact I'm going off now to plan the next campaign," Galloway said. according to The Independent.
'Cruel, Punishing Results' - Nick Clegg Hints He Will Resign
Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg, whose party suffered its 'worst ever' trouncing, created a stir after hinting that he will resign.
"It is now painfully clear this has been a cruel and punishing night for the Liberal Democrats. The election has profound implications for the country; it also obviously has profound implications for the Liberal Democrats," he said.
"And I will be seeking to make further remarks about the implications of this election both for the country and the party I lead – and for my position in the Liberal Democrats when I make remarks to the Liberal Democrats later this morning, when I return to Westminster."
'Bloody nose for BBC'
Another person who added much drama to the elections was media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who is known not to mince words.
Murdoch hit out at pollsters and news channels for getting it wrong, after what they had touted to be the closest election in decades turned out to be an easy win for the Tories. He made a rather 'bloody' attack on the BBC.
So all UK polls nonsense. Also bloody nose for BBC.
— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) May 8, 2015
Accusations - 'David Cameron's Campaign was Divisive for UK'
Danny Alexander, the former Liberal Democrats chief secretary to the Treasury, hit out at Cameron.
"I think that the way David Cameron has conducted this election campaign has been hugely divisive for the UK. He has tried to stoke up the fear of the SNP in England and has helped the SNP to stoke up the fear here in Scotland and it's been a campaign where the two parties have fed off one another and I think that has been very divisive within the UK."
Acceptance Speech -
David Cameron took to Twitter to make what seemed like an acceptance speech even as counting was halfway, as exit polls predicted a lead for the Conservatives. He also seemed to be making a jibe at the Scottish National Party, which soared in popularity after its Scottish referendum last year.
One nation, one United Kingdom - that is how I hope to govern if I am fortunate enough to continue as Prime Minister.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) May 8, 2015
Accepting Defeat -
Ed Miliband, who campaigned hard as the face of the Labour Party against Cameron, accepted that the election was 'disappointing'.
This has clearly been a very disappointing and difficult night for the Labour party. To every member and supporter, I want to say thank you.
— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) May 8, 2015