Will you rule out a coalition with?
Will you rule out any formal agreement with?
Will you rule out any agreement with?
These questions come from the politicians, the dimblebariat and members of the public (presumably learning from their elders if not their betters)
These questions should be banned. I know, what about “free speech”, but … Read more…
No party wants to admit that it will go into coalition with any other party – because they want to maintain the fiction that they will win in May. On the other hand they are being a little coy about ruling out possible coalition partners – because pragmatically they know they may have to “do a deal”.
So what can we work out for ourselves? Read more…
It is difficult when the country won’t divide into two warring tribes. But, on the other hand, if you look at politics in the United States of America, perhaps not.
Without just two warring tribes and the associated bi-polar politics we (the UK) need to seriously consider multi-party politics and its implications. The fact that we have not really done so is part of the reason for the politics of the last five years generating so much heat and venom yet so little light and progress.
For the first and second parties in a multi-party system, the basic strategy is fairly easy and unchanged. You “campaign to win”.
If successful you either:
If you lose, you are spared the responsibility of governing and you are free to be chief critic – as long as you do not lose so badly that you cease to be the second party.
If you are not the first or second party, the situation is more difficult. Read more…