Thursday, November 12, 2009

UK electoral considerations - grand coalition a la Germany?

How can a +10% lead over Lab lead to a mere +2 majority in MPs? It's the winner takes all per district electoral system.

Kenneth Clarke has said in an interview that a hung parliament would be worse than a Labour victory in next year's elections because the country needs a strong government to address tough problems.

Yet, the grand coalition did not fare too badly in Germany, 2005-2009, did it? So not a potential disaster for the UK, or not? Can one imagine a Tory-Lab grand coalition government under Cameron (in Germany it was CDU's Angela Merkel)? Why not?

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