Polling day diary at what may be the start of a long, long month
This is an email message about a new blog post on Ephems, at http://www.barder.com/4462, “Polling day diary at what may be the start of a long, long month”. What happened at our Wandsworth polling station when this blogmeister voted this morning: the prospect that the early results will tell us nothing about who’s going to be the UK’s prime minister next week, next month or later: various possible permutations of Commons seats needed to reach the crucial 323 votes, a majority, and the grim prospect that the Tory press and the Tory leadership will falsely and prematurely claim to have ‘won the election’ the moment they have won more seats than Labour, as they’re expected to do. Cameron likely to stay as prime minister until either the anti-Tory group in the new parliament has a clear overall majority or else until he loses a vote on his Queen’s Speech (government programme) or a vote of confidence in parliament on 27 May or even later. It may well hinge in the end on which way the Liberal Democrats decide to go: they may even split.
A modest recommendation: we should learn to live with the reality that no one party is likely in the foreseeable future to win an overall majority, so to govern at all any party will need the support of one or more other parties. Useless and wrong to warn that a minority government is illegitimate even if not the biggest in the Commons, or that it will be blackmailed or dominated by smaller parties needed to “prop it up” in order for it to get parliamentary approval for its measures. Time for us all to grow up.
Please write your comments on the new blog post, whether supportive, corrective or hostile, at http://www.barder.com/4462, but not in reply to this email, unless they are purely personal.
Best wishes for a good result for all Ephems readers –
Election day 2015