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Shares, currencies and bond markets rejoice. It was the result for which investors had barely dared dream: not just an immediate, stable Government (always the most important factor) but a Right-leaning one without Lib-Dem interference.
However, business should applaud the work done by three Lib-Dems all now queuing up at the Job Centre: Vince Cable, Danny Alexander and, at pensions, Steve Webb.
The Royal Mail float aside, Cable was a good business minister. He won the trust of bosses, formed a much-needed long-term industrial strategy for key industries and did more than anyone to get women into boardrooms.
Alexander was a huge talent at the Treasury, making austerity less painful for the poorest.
Webb was the longest-serving and most radical pensions minister for years, increasing the retirement age, creating the triple-lock rise to state pensions and, of course, freeing up annuities.
The last two need careful implementation in the coming years. Who else has the experience to oversee that successfully.