It is decision time now…..
Now after all this to and fro business over the last few days, Clegg needs to make his mind up.
To go with labour and Gordon’s rainbow coalition would be disastrous for England, but the Labour negotiation team will promise the earth.
The Tories, like it or not, won this election and although not by a majority, it would be a crime against democracy if the Lib Dems did not go with them, the public voted Labour out, we do not want any of them in.
I think the people have spoken and should be listened to.
The Tories are not the greatest party to have in power, but should be given the chance to prove us wrong, not helping labour keep their status, an unelected PM, even though Brown has vowed to go, and then it would be an unelected parliament too.
The Tories got the majority of the vote even though they never filled enough seats for the greatest amount of seats they needed to run parliament, so by default should be in government after all it was labour who shifted the boundaries of constituencies to suit there own ill gotten needs.
From BBC NEWS:
Nick Clegg: Talks in critical and final phase
David Cameron says it is “decision time” for the Lib Dems over which party they will back to form a government.
The Tories won the most seats but were short of a majority and have asked for Lib Dem support to form a government.
But on Monday, the Lib Dems opened formal talks with Labour, after Gordon Brown said he would quit as leader.
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said talks had reached a “critical and final phase” and his party would “do our bit to create a stable, good government”.
Mr Brown’s announcement that he would step down as Labour leader by September came after days of talks between the Tories and Lib Dems, and, it emerged, secret meetings between the Lib Dems and Labour.
Labour and the Tories are both trying to woo the Lib Dems with promises on electoral reform as the battle to form a new government reaches its critical phase.
Labour say if the Lib Dems back them they will put the Alternative Vote system into law and then hold a referendum asking voters if they want a proportional representation voting system – a key issue for the Lib Dems.
The Conservatives upped their offer on Monday evening to the Lib Dems to a promise of a referendum on changing the voting system to the Alternative Vote system.
” I hope they will make the right decision to give this country the strong, stable government that it badly needs and badly needs quickly ”
Speaking on Tuesday morning Mr Cameron said his overriding concern since Friday was for “strong, stable government that is in the national interest” and his party had made a “very reasonable” offer to the Lib Dems to deliver it.
He said his MPs had put aside party interest in favour of the national interest – after they approved a referendum on the voting system, a reform the Conservatives have always opposed.
Mr Cameron said: “It’s now, I believe, decision time, decision time for the Liberal Democrats and I hope they will make the right decision to give this country the strong, stable government that it badly needs and badly needs quickly.”
A meeting of Lib Dem MPs continued beyond midnight and ended with no firm decisions taken, the BBC understands.
Labour’s ruling national executive committee is set to meet on Tuesday to discuss the prospect of a coalition and the time it will take to replace Mr Brown.
Two senior Lib Dem figures – Simon Hughes and Lord Ashdown – told the BBC earlier they did not back a so-called “rainbow coalition” with the Lib Dems and Labour which would also involve the Scottish and Welsh nationalist parties.
Instead they believed a Lib Dem-Labour coalition could rule as a minority government, in the belief that the SNP would never vote with the Conservatives. They would seek support from the nationalists and the Green MP on crucial votes.
Mr Hughes told BBC Radio 5live: “I would expect either a government of Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties or Labour and the Liberal Democrat parties.
“In the case of Labour and the Liberal Democrat parties, with our two sister parties from Northern Ireland – the SDLP for Labour and the Alliance Party – you get 319 votes in the Commons. That’s only five short of a majority, given that Sinn Fein don’t participate.”
The Tories secured 306 of the 649 constituencies contested on 6 May. It leaves the party short of the 326 MPs needed for an outright majority, with the Thirsk and Malton seat – where the election was postponed after the death of a candidate – still to vote.
Labour finished with 258 MPs, down 91, the Lib Dems 57, down five, and other parties 28.
If Labour and the Lib Dems joined forces, they would still not have an overall majority.
With the support of the Northern Irish SDLP, one Alliance MP, and nationalists from Scotland and Wales they would reach 328, rising to 338 if the DUP, the independent unionist and the new Green MP joined them.
So come on Clegg, put us out of our misery, choose for democracy or choose for gain. It is after all down to you.
Posted on May 11, 2010, in British Politics, cameron, clegg, conservative, Election 2010, for a change, gordon brown, Gordy the clown, government, Labour, parliament, politics and tagged cameron, clegg, Election 2010, English, government, Labour, liberal democrats, parliament. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.