Indecision day UK style
May 11, 2010 1:59 PM Subscribe
posted by idiomatika (207 comments total)
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Following days of uncertainty
not witnessed since 1974
, David Cameron makes a hasty entrance to 10 Downing Street, an hour or so after Gordon Brown
made a surprisingly hasty exit
We began today with the unlikely, but possible prospect of seeing a Liberal Democrat/Labour "progressive coalition
" government following last week's UK general election ending up as a hung parliament
But talks between Labour and the Lib Dems did not meet with success
, and so earlier this evening, Gordon Brown went to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to the Queen, forcing the hand somewhat of the Tories and the Lib Dems, who have not finished their coalition negotiations at the time of writing.
The upshot is that David Cameron, as leader of the biggest Party post-election, went to see the Queen shortly after Brown left her, asking permission to try and form a government.
With permission granted, he is now in No. 10 Downing Street
. We know there is to be a full coalition government for a fixed term (unheard of in UK politics), with some cabinet seats going to the Liberal Democrats, but we as yet do not know the details - and crucially for Liberal Democrats, whether we are to have any possibility of proportional representation the next time we go to the polls.
I bet someone else has posted something in the time it has taken me to write this