Too close for comfort?

As I’ve mentioned many times in various blog posts here, there is regular speculation in the UK media regarding the future of the coalition partners – will the coalition split up? Will the parties fight the next election as Coalition candidates under some form of electoral pact? Or will the two parties merge into one? One of the more interesting pieces I’ve read of late is this column in the Spectator by Fraser Nelson, in which he argues that the parties have, in many ways, already merged. He blames this, if blame is the word to use, largely on Conservative leader and PM David Cameron: I suspect it is because the parties have become too close: they have behaved as […]

By-election discontentment

For the past few weeks, there has been a very interesting discussion about the nature and future of the UK Conservative Party. It was spearheaded by ConservativeHome’s Tim Montgomerie, starting with his first blog post which sought to define “Mainstream Conservatism“, which Montgomerie believes is what most Tory Party members want instead of the “Liberal Conservatism” that is being practiced now by the Tory party in a coalition government with the Lib Dems. Several other people have contributed blog posts to the debate, and the debate has spread to other fora, such as the Spectator blogs. It’s quite interesting to read the discussions. Many commenters feel the entire exercise is either confusing or a waste of time or a bit […]

The Woolas ruling

On 5 November 2010, a Labour MP and former minister, Phil Woolas, was stripped of his seat and barred from running for public office for three years after having been found guilty by an election court of violating the Representation of the People Act 1983. He was also ousted from the Labour Party. An election court is a special court convened to hear a petition against the result of a local government or Parliamentary election. The court is created to hear the individual case, and ceases to exist when it has made its decision. In the case of a Parliamentary election, the Court comprises two of the High Court or Court of Session judges who are on the rota. This […]

Lessons on the process of government formation

I previously posted that the UK”s Political and Constitutional Reform Committee would begin an ad hoc review into the process of government formation following the general election in May. On October 14, the Rt. Hon. David Laws and Lord Adonis testified before the Committee, relating their experiences as part of the Liberal Democrat and Labour negotiating teams. It was quite an interesting session, and so I decided to share it with you. Related Posts:Rethinking hung parliament outcomesThe length of two swordsReport on 2010 elections for positions in the HouseKeyword Post: Types of GovernmentToo close for comfort?