UK Party Leaders Discussing Possible Deals For Government Rule
May 8, 2010
Both Tory and Labour have been pushing for support from the Liberal Democrats, who came in third in the general election.
A deal with either would be enough to form a government amidst a hung parliament result, but it isn’t clear which side the small third party will choose to establish ties with.
But Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem leader, promises that he is taking the negotiations seriously.
“Clearly, the result of the election means that politicians have a duty to speak to each other. People deserve a good, stable government, and that’s why I’m very keen that the Liberal Democrats should enter into any discussions with other parties, as we’re doing, in a constructive spirit.”
The hung parliament, it has been pointed out, shows a distinct cynicism that has been growing over the electoral process in Britain.
In the wake of scandal involving many being unable to vote due to understaffed and under-resourced stations, and a political mindset by many that seemed to show a vote for the party most likely to get Labour out, it isn’t surprising that faith in the political system has waned.
On election night the UK Election Commission was already blaming stations for the error that left queuing Brits waiting for hours only to be turned away.
They also blamed “Victorian-era election laws” as a culprit, saying that they were made for a much smaller population, as well as a smaller group able to vote.
However, that doesn’t add up to past elections, where there was a significantly higher turnout without the same problems.
Either way, the Lib Dems desire for election reform as a major goal for coming years may be pushed as they make deals with the other parties.