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Hung Parliament

It looks like the election in Britain, while giving a clear plurality to the Tories, is not going to give them the majority they need to take control of parliament.

I haven’t commented on the UK election but I’ve been following it closely.  My sympathies, naturally, are with the Tories and I’m glad to see Labour get their asses handed to them.  What has struck me, even today, is how arrogant Gordon Brown is.  Even after getting hammered last night, he’s babbling about forming a coalition with the LIb Dems to maintain his spectacularly incompetent rule.  That’s his privilege as sitting PM but I’m hoping the Liberal Democrats are not quite that stupid.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 05/07/10 at 06:27 AM (Discuss this in the forums)

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Posted by on 05/07/10 at 09:18 AM from United States

OT comment, since I don’t have much to say about the UK…
I think it’s been a few years since I’ve been to this site - I purge my favorites list at work every so often when I get worried that my boss will think I spend all my time on the Internet. For some reason, I just never found my way back until now. Very sad to hear about Lee, though I’m a year late on the news, but I’m glad the site is still here.

Posted by on 05/07/10 at 12:41 PM from Germany

Somebody recently said the next party to form a government in the UK would have to cut so deep and raise taxes so high that they would not be able to form another government for a generation. I am hoping that the LibDems and Labour do form a coalition. This way Brown will not be able to pass the buck as he has been trying to do for the last 3 years.

Also the recent clamour for electoral reform is a bit rich. The number of votes required to elect a mp varies from party to party. Labour needs about 25K votes for each of their mps, the Cons need about 40-45K and the LibDems about 90K. The turn outs % for each constituency are about the same. Do you think that Labour, or for that matter the Conservatives, would be willing to give up that advantage to the LibDems?

Will we end up in the same position as Turkey? I don’t know. I am not looking forward to the next few years.

Posted by AlexinCT on 05/07/10 at 04:01 PM from United States

I got all excited and figured out some people had finally come to their senses and dealt wth their corrupt politicians in an appropriate way Hal, until I read the rest of your post and figured out you meant hung as in split.

Posted by on 05/07/10 at 04:59 PM from Germany

If you think this is funny, watch here in the States in November. If you think Gordhead Brown is stammering, the gnashing of teeth by the Donkeys in November will be even better. Unless a bolt from the blue changes things dramatically, November will be a good month for entertainment. At the expense of Donkeys that is.

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