PLENTY of food for thought for these eight accountants on Friday lunchtime, as they headed to Farringdon’s Vivat Bacchus restaurant for a post-election discussion of the results and possible implications for British politics.

Our connoisseurs fed their debate with foie gras, asparagus and ostrich carpaccio for starters, rack of lamb, springbok, beef and sea bass for main courses and then the obligatory plates of cheese, one of the restaurant’s specialities. They also knocked back fine wines including a Batard Montrachet 1996 and a 1989 Chateau Palmer bordeaux, before heading back to the office suitably sated.