Friday, May 7, 2010

May 7, 2010

     The nice thing about British political campaigns is that they're short.  They last a month.  Ours go on for a couple of years and it always seems much longer.  The not so nice thing is that here we are the day after the election and we don't know who won.  We know, of course, that the Tories (the conservatives) got the most votes with Labour second and the Liberal Democrats third.  But we also know that none of them got a majority which means--gasp, shudder--political bargaining.
     Gordon Brown, the Labour party leader and present Prime Minister, could try for an alliance with the Lib Dems, but their leader, Nick Clegg, has already spoken out against allowing Brown to continue to "squat" at 10 Downing Street.  But what about an alliance with some other Labour MP if Brown stepped aside?  Not ruled out.  Labour might also need some of the tiny parties--Scottish Nationalists, Welsh, etc.-- to prevail.
     The simplest alliance, because it would immediately have a majority, would be an alliance between the Tories and the Lib Dems.  Some Tories will object to some Lib Dem ideas like free college, a greener government.  Still, it's the first hung Parliament they've had since the 1970s and it should be good fun...
     ...especially if you're watching from a distance. 

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