I read somewhere today that the U.K. does not have a government yet.  Wrong.  Gordon Brown and the Labour party are still in power.  Brown is still the P.M.

But time is running out because of the huge financial problems in Europe.

And there are obvious troubles with the negotiations.

For several days now the Lib Dems have been negotiating with the Conservatives.  No deal so far.  The big stumbling  block is Clegg’s demand for proportional representation i.e. that it would no longer be first past the post (as we have in Canada) but that the number of seatswould be in proportion to the nu mber of votes.  This system would help the Lib Dems a lot, the old parties would be penalized.

Having failed to convince the Tories of their demand,  the Lib Dems have now turned to Labour.  Labour has said if  Clegg makes a deal with them, they will come up with rep. by pop.  Not only that , but to make the deal more palatable, Brown will resign as  PM and as Labour leader.

When the Tories heard that, CAMERON also offered to do rep. by pop. for the Lib-Dems.

If  Clegg joined the Tories, the two parties would have a majority in Parliament.

If Clegg joined Labour, the would not quite have a majority (326 seats) and would have to find some other votes from minority parties.

What do you think Clegg will do?

What should he do?


  1. 1
    Cate McB Says:

    The Times now reports that the LibDems will vote tonight at 7:30 GMT on the Conservative offer of an alliance.

    I think they need to get on with proportional representation and a follow-up election ASAP.

    In other news, I think we need proportional representation here in Canada.

    Last but not least, Go Habs Go!!!

  2. 2
    Barbara Says:

    I totally agree with Cate on this.

    And that includes: Go Habs Go!!!!!! What amazing heart that team has!

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    I think it is going to be difficult for this Tory-Lib-Dem coalition to work together and I agree, I would anticipate a second general election in October.

  4. 4
    Barbara Says:

    I read today that one of the compromises the Tories made to the Liberal Democrats is that elections would only be held every four years, as in the American system. I would suppose that has to be legislated by Parliament, but the two parties do have a majority. If that goes through, they had better work hard at maintaining that coalition.

    And Go Habs Go!

  5. 5
    Cate McB Says:

    They have now made a commitment to Queen & Country to make this coalition work. There are examples of the same two parties in working coalitions at the local level in the north of England.

    We will be watching closely …..

  6. 6
    Cate McB Says:

    What the coalition is proposing is a fixed 5-yr term for Parliament.

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    I predict this shot-gun coalition will collapse long before the five-year term is up. Remember you read it here first.

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