Outside the marginals

a commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010 & 2015 elections

Hung up about Hung Parliaments

On BBC News Website Election 2010: War of words mounts over hung parliament 26 April 2010 20:01

Earlier Tory leader David Cameron accused the Lib Dems of wanting to “hold the whole country to ransom”, saying their proposed overhaul of the voting system would result in a “permanent hung Parliament”.

Is this any worse than ruling the country and doing things like introducing the poll tax or taking us to war when you only have minority support, but due to the election lottery you get an overwhelming “majority”?

Of course to avoid a “permanently hung parliament”, Cameron could try to win a genuine majority – in the country.  At the moment he only has to grab minority support – he can ignore the rest of us – hardly worthy of a prospective national leader.

Gordon Brown (same reference as above) is also hung up on the issue:

“Don’t be arrogant enough to assume that you can start talking about after an election, let the people make their own views up. And let people decide.”

I just wish the people could decide, most of us can’t; outside the marginals we can only watch as the electoral lottery machine spins and spews out red and blue balls.


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