Gordon Brown likely to stay as PM in hung parliament
MPs will get 18-day window to form government under emergency plan drawn up by Whitehall
There will be many who relish the prospect of a ‘hung Parliament’ – forcing people to work together. I am not, at this stage, in favour of such a result – partly because I remember the last hung parliament and partly because I have little faith (or experience) in politicians from the different parties in Britain being able to work together in the national interest. I also feel that the country needs to return to being governed. There is precious little government going on at the moment – there will even even less during the election period – and we are not in great shape. I am, of course, given that we have not experienced these particular circumstances before in terms of credit-crunch et al – happy to keep an open mind should there be a hung parliament. National Governments have worked before – coalitions, tend not to.
The quality of political debate on Newsnight last night with Pickles, Prescott and Huhne shouting over each other was lamentable and..rather worrying. Newsnight is watched by adults – adults who are actually interested in politics. It is not watched, generally, by people who are not interested in politics – so it would be helpful if politicians would remember that when they go on Newsnight they are talking to an interested audience who do not need to hear a load of ‘political pap’ and watch grown men and women trying to score points off each other. Eric Pickles went straight on to twitter to say that he was in a taxi.
Hopeless….. I’m not a Tory but I do enjoy listening to Pickles. Last night was, however, an exception
Civil servants have drawn up contingency plans – which include the Queen’s powers to forestall a second poll if it would not be in the national economic interest. Interesting reading. I suspect that more detailed legal analysis will follow in the press and blogs on this issue soon.
In the meantime – The Guardian has an interesting piece.