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11 May 2010

Coalitions...

Poor old Nick Clegg, he has three dreadful options to pick from:

  1. Join with Tories - big differences there, so possibly short term stable, but long term it must explode.
  2. Join with Labour et al. - probably unstable and Labour have offered concessions in the past and failed to deliver.
  3. Join with no one and face another general election, probably doing worse that the current one.

Which ever way you look at it, it's unpalatable. Although popular with their own supporters more than 60% of the population really hate the Tories. Labour clearly lost the election and even with Gordon out of the way, they are not the most popular people in the UK this week.

To add insult to injury, whatever the colour of government it's not going to be popular, with massive spending cuts and tax rises required to balance the books and head of Greek style bailout....


08 May 2010

Vote Gold get Rainbow...

For the past few weeks the nasty right wing British press has been running scare story headlines to persuade people that if they vote Liberal Democrat they may end up with a Labour government by the back door: "Vote Clegg, Get Brown"...

What irony, it now looks like if you voted Liberal Democrat you may end up with a Tory government, but tempered and propped up with Liberal Democrat MPs...

What is annoying is all the stupid Labour voters who voted Labour in safe Tory seats, if they had voted Liberal Democrat they may have given the Liberal Democrats more seats but denied the Tories their lead over Labour in Parliament.

The British electoral system is in an utter mess, the constituencies are all different sizes and with our silly first past the post system millions of votes are ignored. I do favour proportional representation, even though I accept it would give a voice to the nutters on the far right and left of the political spectrum...


07 May 2010

Two Out Of Three....

The lack-lustre general election is over. I didn't get the result I wanted: a Liberal Democrat Government but then I hardly expected that. Most people are easily fooled by the other parties and they vote for 5 more years of lies....

I did get two wishes though, Brown lost in a pretty major way, and Cameron hasn't won. A balanced parliament with LibDems as King makers is an acceptable outcome. The (mostly Tory) press is in apoplexy, warning that somehow it would be better if 30% of the people were able to gain a majority in parliament and "lord it" over the real majority for the next five years. In truth most European governments seem to work quite well, many noticeably better than the UK's and they are mostly coalitions. Indeed the two Tory parties in the UK, "The Conservatives" and "New Labour" are coalitions themselves of groups of people who don't really agree on lots of issues.

The next few days will be interesting. With luck the LibDems will moderate the nuttier wings of either of the other two parties and a coalition will be able to tackle the mess the country is in.