Well. All parties must have been well disappointed with the result of the election. I do believe that David Cameron and his Tories would by far have preferred a majority Conservative government but the hung parliament has meant that, after several days of negotiations, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats have formed a coalition government. Being a Liberal Democrat supporter I was disappointed that we did not do as well as expected. But then the realities of What Happens Next set in. Read more…
So I was wrong. On the eve of Polling day I was looking forward to “it being all over tomorrow”. What was I thinking? I should have been more honest and exposed my mantra – Expect the worst, hope for the best. The worst, of course, would be a majority Tory government. The best would be a hung parliament. And so “the best” has happened. What I (and perhaps millions others) did not see coming (or maybe were too busy to confront at the time) is the period of uncertainty that comes after the electorate has delivered a hung parliament. So David Cameron and his Tories want a coalition with Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats. Mr Clegg is open to speaking to both Labour and the Tories (and by now has probably spoken to both already). I’m confused. Why is it that all everyone is talking about is coalition to form a majority government to make life easier for either of the two big parties? I support NO coalitions. I support Parliament being run by a minority Tory administration with no majority. I support that each decision be taken issue by issue in Parliament. Read more…
It’s the eve of Polling Day and I cannot believe how I’m feeling – like a student (that I am) going into the biggest most difficult examination in the morning. I’ve had to tune off the tele with all the news, and close the Twitter and Facebook tabs on my browser. I needed to relax and take my mind off the “big exam” tomorrow so I decided to read all about Naomi Campbell’s “extreme beauty regime” as revealed in the interview she gave Oprah Winfrey and followed up in this Guardian article. The distraction paid off as I picked up a gem of a quote. Apparently Kate Moss said, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” Wow. I’ve been so caught up with the GE2010 I’ve completely missed what the real movers and shakers are up to! Good thing it’ll all be over tomorrow. Now to find out what tv cookery shows we actually want to see….interesting indeed.
72 hours to Polling day and here’s what I remember most (following the ‘disappearance’ of the NI bickering):
3 May: The Year of the Broken Swing, Jon Snow on C4
3 May: Clegg’s Journey to the Promised Land, Donald Macintyre for The Independent
3 May: General Election 2010: Gordon Brown was undone by the media, not Gillian Duffy, Charles Moore for the Telegraph
Today I did something I had never done before – I showed my support for a political party by donating money to their cause. It was a small sum, but a big step for me. I had never before shown much public support for any political party but a vote for the Liberal Democrats come 6th May 2010 is so desperately needed. Don’t simply brush aside Nick Clegg’s call for “change” as mere cliche. Understand that a vote for either Labour or the Conservatives is a strengthening of the threads of self-serving old politics that is stained with streaks of self-entitlement. Each and every vote for the Liberal Democrats will serve to untangle that fabric, and weave in fresh strands to create a new texture for the country. Vote Liberal Democrats, or continue to suffer under the politics of disenfranchisement under Labour or the Conservatives.
This is my public display of affection – I *mwah* Nick Clegg.
How much will your vote count this General Election? The good people at the new economics foundation have some calculated words for us:
Election’s on 6th May and if you want keep up with all the numbers and info, here are a few sites that can help:
1) The Guardian’s very own interactive guide shows you the numbers that count.
2) FT’s general election 2010 guide will answer some of your questions.
3) UK Polling Report promises to give you “Independent survey and polling news”.
4) UK General Election 2010 is where you can take part in all the polls you’ve ever wanted.