If anyone thought that one of the multitude of variations of PR would be the panacea of the ordinary voter they just have to watch the shenanigans currently being played out. This is PR in action. We only have to put up with it once every now and again but with PR embedded into the electoral system this uncertainty would happen every time.
The very unsavoury spectacle of a failed Brown willing to give anything just to hang on to his job and Clegg the ‘messiah’ with his over inflated wings severely clipped trying, perhaps, to look statesmanlike but with a generally unrealistic party and executive to placate. Is this also the end of Clegg the overblown?
The Liberal Democrats have only really had one policy, it seems, forever and that is to change the electoral system solely for party advantage and they have made no secret of that in this election campaign. With that as their flag they actually lost five seats so there is clearly no great desire for the muddle of PR in the country at large. The half of their manifesto which is barmy also didn’t help I guess.
Watch this space for another decisive election in six months or so.
Hardly sword falling on bearing in mind that he isn't going to go until at least the autumn who knows what catastrophe will befall the country then and require a period of 'stability' thereby posptponing any thought of a change of leadership???
Will it really be a catastrophe? We seem to be coping OK at the moment. European countries do just fine with coalitions - look at Belgium. It's just something we need to get used to, and in years to come we will look back and wonder what all the fuss is about.
As it turns out the sword was well and truly fallen upon.
Quite incidentally It is also a significant snub to his constituents who supported him to the hilt and in return his response is sod you lot i'm off. If I cant be PM i'm not in the slightest bit interested in representing you.
As for PR working well in Europe I wouldn't have described it quite like that. We now appear to have an arrangement whereby we can act to cut the defecit but such action is much more difficult to achieve in the coalition states and always has been.
I'm not sure it is a foregone conclusion that a referendum would support the av system anyway, but we''l certainly find out in due course.
I think it is about time the country was 'shared' and this is just the start of things to come. I am quite surprised how well they seem to be tackling their differences. It will be interesting to see how well this works and it is better than one majority when Labour wins it all.I am quite surprised to see Cameron buckle down and share things, probably something that Tories don't find easy.
I would like to see more stuff 'behind closed doors' though and no doubt that will surface in time. What you see on TV may not necessarily be what it is really like.
Well it's a double edged sword but for the greater good, I hope.
It is encouraging that this is a five year agreement and whilst there are some conservative maniesto commitments I really suppport and that won't now happen and some very punatiive LIb Dem ones that might the overriding issue is the economy and the dreadful state it has been left in. I also feel more comfortable with the coalition and sincerely hope it won't buckle under the pressures to come.
The term of agreement and commitment to that makes this arrangement unique in British History.
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