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Hung What?

Well, the people have apparently defied the pundits in the British election. Which is, actually, pretty easy to do.

My reading of the pundits was that the Conservatives would have a minority government, but able to gain a majority with the help of the Unionists in Ulster.

Well, that's not going to happen. If both those parties voted as a block, they still wouldn't have enough votes to carry legislation.

So, will Mr. Cameron be chatting up the Scottish and Welsh nationalists, as well as the folks from Ulster? Hmmmm. . . . It's like the Prime Ministers in Israel and Italy (among other places), who manage to hold on to power by getting parties into a coalition. That sometimes makes for "strange bedfellows" in government, who routinely stare daggers at each other around the cabinet table.

To be continued. Laughing

Posted at 7th May 2010 - 06:14PM   Posted by Rob-bear   Hung What? Comments: 6

Preseli Mags's Avatar Lots of public political flirting at the moment aimed at Nick Clegg. For someone who had a 'disappointing' night, I think his day has been rather interesting. He may get a seat in the cabinet yet.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 7th May 2010 at 07:17PM

Ivy's Avatar Strange bed-fellows indeed on the continent:

If the greens and the conservatives form a coalition in our local parliament you can get a green minister planning a coal fired power plantShocked just for the sake of staying in power.

Hope you don't get situations like that....

Posted by: Ivy on 7th May 2010 at 09:14PM

Frances's Avatar Bear, I do like your analysis. It's so interesting to see decades and even (if you are my age) centuries turn over, and still see strange little politial games played out around the globe.

Each country has its rules (think of board games like Monopoly) and each has its economic frets as of various election dates. Lots of elections are won by candidate trying to split up the population to have members of that population believe that Their Interests will be heard and served.

Gosh, this happens over and over. I think that you all in the UK are lucky to have quick elections. Here in the States, the process is so long, it is torture.


Posted by: Frances on 8th May 2010 at 02:11AM

But, Ivy, I thought coal-fired electrical plants were a way of keeping the countryside in power. Or have I missed something here?

Posted by: Rob-bear on 8th May 2010 at 03:21AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Looks like Scotland has said no to supporting the Conservatives.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 8th May 2010 at 09:17AM

Ivy's Avatar Bear!!! Be gentle with a non native speaker!!! I meant that they (the politicians) do anything after the election to gain, or remain in, the power of governing a country even if they promised to ban coal fired power plants before the election they give the go-ahead for building a new one afterwards, forming a coalition with a party that isn't considered to be very environment-firendly.

Posted by: Ivy on 8th May 2010 at 09:41AM

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