"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 3 May 2010

Better Than Nothing

David Cameron has said that if the Labour Party come third in seats and votes on Thursday then he will fight to form a minority government rather than looking for support from the LibDems and that  he is opposed  to a Con/LibDem coalition.

Convention has it that in a hung parliament the existing PM has the first chance to form a government - even if that Party has fewer seats or votes than its main rival.  In theory Brown could cling on and seek a deal with the LibDems even if the Conservatives win more votes and seats than Labour but fall short of an overall majority.  I don't think that would go down too well with the majority of the electorate.

Since, unbelievably, it looks as though it might not be a Labour wipe-out after all a minority Conservative government or one with a small working majority and a generous sprinkling of 'Others' is better than the prospect of another week of Labour or the emergence of a Lib/Lab alliance.

Cameron also thinks the Conservatives have only a six-month 'honeymoon' to set out their plans to reduce the deficit. I'm not so sure about the electorate but I'm certain the markets won't give them, or the UK, six months.

A fine example of damned if you do, damned if you don't is the reaction to Cameron setting out some detail of what a Conservative government would do in their first three days in office.  For months now media commentators have been goading the Tories about their plans, asking how an electorate can be expected to vote for them without any clear indication of their policies.  Now that Cameron has spoken the media and opposition politicians are accusing him of arrogance in assuming a victory.

As expected, postal voting fraud has been hitting the headlines.
Police have received at least 50 complaints about serious voter fraud in advance of this week's elections amid warnings that the rapid rise of postal voting is making the system vulnerable to abuse.

Accusations range from political activists putting pressure on people to mark their party's box on the postal vote form, to phantom voters being registered by candidates and their supporters to farm votes.
Postal voting must be severely curtailed and anyone found guilty of subverting the process must be jailed - no exceptions.  Another thing they should get rid of are those ridiculous cardboard boxes which hold the ballot papers until the count.

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