Election Diary, 26 April — E-Day Minus 11
This is an email, not a blog post. My “Election Diary, 26 April — E-Day Minus 11” is in a new blog post on Ephems, at http://www.barder.com/4445, with my reflections on two current aspects of the election campaign with just 11 days to go.
The first is the mounting evidence of the determination of Nick Clegg, leader of the LibDems, that if his party holds the balance of power on 8 May, he will try to use it to keep David Cameron in power (and himself in office as deputy prime minister in another Conservative-led coalition), relying on two patently invalid propositions — that only the party that wins the most seats or votes has a mandate to form a government, even if the party that comes second has enough support from other parties to form a government with majority support in the House of Commons (which is plainly contrary to the constitution); and that it would be impossible for the LibDems to vote for a minority Labour government that needed support from the Scottish National Party (SNP) for its majority in parliament when the long-term aim of the SNP is to break up the UK (as if disagreement with that aim can be held to invalidate its duly elected MPs’ votes in the House).
The second subject of the new post is the important but rather complex question of the procedures that will have to be followed if the election results leave open the question whether Cameron or Miliband has the better chance of forming a government enjoying the confidence of a majority of MPs. For example, even if the Conservatives win fewer seats than Labour and Labour look likely to be supported by more MPs of other parties than the Conservatives, does Cameron have either the right — or even the duty? — to stay in office in No. 10 until the new parliament meets and votes on a Cameron-authored Queen’s Speech? Answers to these and other such questions are suggested in the new blog post at http://www.barder.com/4445.
Please post your comments on the new blog post, whether supportive, informative or hostile, there, not in reply to this email, unless they are purely personal.
Best wishes from a grey, chilly day in London —
26 April 2015