08 May, 2010

UK Election Results

Congratulations to David Cameron and the UK Conservative Party. While they did fall short in reaching an outright majority in Parliament (they wound up with 306 seats), they did emerge as the largest party and therefore the most likely to be able to form a government. Current Prime Minister Gordon Brown isn't giving up the fight, however -- he's hoping to hobble together a coalition government with the Liberal-Democrats. But even with a Lib-Dem/Labour coalition, there aren't enough votes for an outright majority. A Conservative/Liberal-Democrat coalition, however, would pass a majority mark -- so if Labour cannot make a deal with the Lib-Dems and hold onto power as a "minority government", then perhaps the Conservatives can. In any case, this will be the first time since 1974 that the UK experiences a hung parliament, which basically means everyone is traveling in mostly uncharted waters right now. Good luck to the UK.

And no, I don't ever want to see a Parliamentary-type system here in the United States. There's something to be said for knowing exactly when and how long our elected officials will stay in office.

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