As I write, we have just two more seats out of 650 to be announced.
No party has a clear majority. The Conservatives have the most seats….but not enough to have a majority. Labour have done badly….but not as badly as many were predicting, so Gordon is still around and unlikely to budge until he has no other option but to do so. And as for the Liberal Democrats? Well I just feel heart sorry for them. Their 23% of the vote got them 57 out of 650 seats. Sometimes it terrifies me how skewed FPTP can make things. And yes, I know PR can have its issues also, but it must be hard for them to deal with the fact that their nearly one-quarter of the vote has awarded them fewer than one-tenth of the seats in Parliament.
So what do we do now? Wait, mainly. Wait to see whether a coalition can be formed. Wait to see if Cameron/Clegg can form an alliance (strange bedfellows, it would seem, but both want change, and both want power), or whether Labour/Lib Dems/ a dozens ‘others’ can cobble together a coalition. Will it work? Will it stick? Will we find ourselves back in the polls before too long?
It’s been an election like no other I’ve ever experienced, and along with the bad (Along with the hung parliament, there were people unable to vote, my least favourite MP evah retained his seat, the Lib Dems fought a good fight…and “didn’t win”(as one of my diplomatic pupils put it today)) there were some lovely moments. BNP leader Nick Griffin getting properly trounced in his attempt to reach Westminster. Caroline Lucas becoming the first Green MP. People actually seeming to care, to feel involved, to want a change to things…
I just hope that the verve and energy and desire shown by so many in this campaign can come to some good. We need a good, strong government. One unafraid to make the tough decisions, but one which can still see the need for fairness and honesty. I genuinely don’t know what we’ll get….but I’m looking forward to the next few days of negotiations and discussions as the country tries to react to the results. As the proverb has it “May you live in interesting times…”.