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Just heard on BBC Radio4’s Any Answers, several commenters suggestions of a government of national unity. Nice to know that I am not the only one suggesting that. You heard it here first.
A “Confidence & Supply” arrangement WON’T be enough
Some say we’ll have an agreement beetween the Tories and the Lib Dems by Sunday afternoon. Others say that would be far too soon for considered thinking. If they do get it together, it may not even be a full coalition, but on an ad hoc confidence and supply arrangement.
Considering that it’s the economy stupid, and not voting reform which is the BIG issue, and considering that there is a world out there which appreciates strong British leadership and direction, everything I have seen and heard so far brings me back to my previous thoughts here – Result of the UK election points to … WHAT? A National Government, OBVIOUSLY! But that would require utter failure between the present chats between the Tories and the Lib Dems. Not exactly a good basis for a future multi-party government. On the other hand, A week or so ago Dave was saying that Nick talked nonsense on the importance of electoral reform. Now he may be in the midst of a Damascene conversion. Needs must.
SO WHAT IS THE SHORT-TERM FUTURE OF THE PRESENT PRIME MINISTER?
Like the rest of us I have no idea.
And meanwhile the voices of opinion are raised. For instance Nick Cohen says at The Guardian
“Don’t walk away, Nick – If the Lib Dems are brave enough to go into coalition with the Tories, they will earn the public’s respect”.
Well, maybe. Or perhaps they’ll ALL come round to my way of thinking. That would keep all the bunnies happy and give all parties an interest in successful handling of the economic issues.
“….(omitted part of this , because I’m the boss at this blog and I don’t agree with Mr Hare’s Iraq remark) …When we look back in a few years’ time, it’s all going to be clear … New Labour was living on borrowed time. They scrambled one further election, ingloriously, in 2005 – “I have listened and learned,” said Tony Blair, and then went on to demonstrate he had done neither – but, unwilling to re-make themselves while still in office and to hand power on to a new generation, New Labour never had a prayer of scrambling a second.
When Gordon Brown appeared to respond to his own re-election, he was talking sonorously of duty and to thank those who knew him best. New Labour, born, remember, in the ashes of Neil Kinnock’s bitter defeat on 9 April 1992, lost vital signs at 1.40am this morning in Kirkcaldy.”
“Labour have retained Tony Blair’s old parliamentary seat of Sedgefield. Phil Wilson polled 18,141 votes, a majority of 8,696 over Neil Mahapatra for the Conservatives. There was a large swing of 11.6% from Labour to the Conservatives on a turnout of 62.1%.”
The front pages of the first editions are popping into our inbox now at a rate of knots. Another not overly enamoured with the situation at Westminster is the Daily Mail with its headline “Now for the shabby deals”, expanding on its theme with the strapline “As the election descends into shambles, Cameron and Brown battle for crushed Clegg’s support”.
The Sun is really not terribly impressed by the turn of events as the UK deals with a hung Parliament. It’s front page headline is “Squatter holed up in No 10” over a picture of Prime Minister Gordon Brown. “Man, 59 refuses to leave house in Downing Street” is the paper’s take on Mr Brown’s decision to use his constitutional right to stay on as PM.
Cameron has 2.03m more votes than Brown (so far). His share of vote: 36.2% Blair had 35.3% in 2005. This is the Tory case for minority gvt.
The Daily Mail has this: “Now for the shabby deals”, expanding on its theme with the strapline “As the election descends into shambles, Cameron and Brown battle for crushed Clegg’s support”.
- Anthony Seldon on Brown. We all have a book to sell, don’t we?
- Result of the UK election points to … WHAT? A National Government, OBVIOUSLY!
- Election results. 1st blood to Labour. Exit Poll says Hung Parliament
- Death of glue-less, clueless Labour & Wikipedia entry 2050
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