Losers Coalition

What news, what a joke! Gordon Brown suggests the losers may form a coalition to form a government to keep the Conservatives out.

How far will this go though? There were many losers. What if the smaller groups are included? The Monster Loonies could be considered ‘progressive’.

God help us.

4 thoughts on “Losers Coalition

  1. Come on Graham, you know how the electoral system works. According to this logic, the only “legitimate” coalition would be Labour-Conservative, and we all know that’s not going to happen. Any coalition that has the confidence of the House of Commons is legitimate. There’s no point in the Conservatives being in power if they can’t pass any legislation, so if they want to be in power, they’d better reach a compromise with the Lib Dems that will allow them to govern.

    And I’m not saying that just because I want a Lab-LD government. I said exactly the same when Convergència i Unió (the party I feel best represents my views in Catalonia) were claiming that the left-wing alliance in the Catalan parliament was illegitimate.

    The other excuse the Tories are making is that a Labour-led coalition would lead to a second unelected leader (which is strange, because in my lifetime there have been three unelected leaders, according to their logic, with the first being John Major, and the Tory MPs are older than me, so they should be able to remember John Major). If the Tories want an elected leader they need to scrap the monarchy and introduce a president, but you don’t hear too many of them calling for that. They were also dead-set scrapping hereditary peers. But a PM is NEVER directly elected. On your voting form you see the names of your local candidates, not the names of the party leaders. A Conservative government would only be “legitimate” if it had the confidence of the House of Commons. Cameron, Hague and co. have been in Westminster long enough to know how a PM is chosen.

  2. Good points Tim but I wonder if what we are looking at is the nearest thing to coup we are likely to get here.

    How can there by any legitimacy in a rallying of the rejected so Labour can continue to squat in their bunker for a bit longer?

    I think if this ‘losers coalition’ goes ahead it will backfire eventually and for years ahead Labour will not be forgiven and the Libs will be despised. Losing gracefully is important in our culture.

  3. Between the two of them they received more than half the votes. There are two main left-wing parties, but only one main right-wing party, so the left vote is bound to be more fragmented. More than half the electorate voted against the Conservatives, so they’re not really winners.

    If this is a coup then there have been a lot of coups in the West. This kind of situation arises all the time in other countries, with more proportional systems. As in Britain, the left is usually more fragmented, which means that the most voted party is often the right-wing party, but they don’t get into power. It has happened at the last two elections in Catalonia. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalonian_parliamentary_election,_2006#Results (a government was formed by PSC, ERC and ICV).

  4. David Blunkett told the BBC any deal with Labour would be “a coalition of the defeated”

    Things have now swung back and the latest is that the Conservatives and the Libs are talking again. I am not used to an election being this interesting. Sounds like you are used to this sort if fun in Spain Tim.

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