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Election 2010: Hung Parliament

I’m tired today, because I stayed up past my bed time to watch the election results coming in. Seems to me the whole event was a fucking shambles. Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night coverage finished around 1am and at that point there were fewer than two dozen results returned, which meant that three full hours after the polls closed we were still no closer to knowing a result.

Exit polls, which seem to have been fairly accurate, predicted a hung Parliament with the scum Conservatives as the largest party. Some time around 10:00 this morning enough results had been returned to confirm that no party has achieved a majority and so indeed we have a hung Parliament.

Gordon brown as the incumbent Prime Minister gets first crack at forming a coalition government. If he opts not to, or can’t then he must tender his resignation to the Queen, who will then have little choice but to offer David Cameron the opportunity to try to form a government, be that an unlikely coalition with the Liberal Democrats or, much as Harold Wilson did in 1974, form a minority government and hope he can make deals with other parties day-by-day to get legislation passed.

All in all it was a pretty disappointing night for the Lib Dems. They seem to have gained a tiny percentage of the overall vote, but despite what the media are now dubbing ‘Clegg-mania’ they actually lost seats. With no party able to take a majority however, those seats the Liberal Democrats did hold onto are more valuable than ever. Both Gordon Brown and David Cameron need Clegg’s support in order to realistically hope to command Parliament, which will give him significant leverage.

For me the biggest triumph of the election is that BNP leader and pudgy-faced-hatemonger Nick Griffin, was soundly trounced in Barking. Labour MP Margaret Hodge held onto her seat with a huge majority of over sixteen-thousand votes – an increase of around four-thousand from the 2005 election. I’d say the public has spoken loud and clear on that issue. Crawl back into whatever hole you climbed out of and stay there you horrible little man.

It will be interesting to see how things play out over the next few days. One thing we can be sure of from all of this however is that it won’t be more than a few months before we have to start this whole circus up again.

Comments (0) | Politics — King[Fu] @ 10:49 on May 7, 2010

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