Saturday, 21 August 2010

The Coalition

I was listening to Any Questions on Friday. It seems that the Liberal Democrats are calling the shots and this shouldn't be allowed. On the other hand Liberal Democrat members are upset because they are playing second fiddle (if that is not an inappropriate political term) to the Tories. Can you have it both ways? I think we are the lesser of the two parties in the coalition but that simply reflects the way the votes went. On the other hand are we calling the shots? Well partly yes, which also reflects the way the votes went.

So the answer is to be found in the definition of the word coalition. It isn't about calling shots or being upset if you happen to have less votes than your partner. That's life. All we now need is for the panellists on BBC programmes to understand that.

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  1. It's about time we had moderation in politics and the leaders of both parties have recognised the view of the people and are seeking to co-operate and work together. First past the post should die; co-operation should be the new key word.

  2. I couldn't have put it better myself.