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New Prime Minister

Gorden Brown resigned, and Queen Elizabeth has asked Tory leader David Cameron to form a new government. It will be a coalition government between the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats, who are not all that unlike our liberal Democrats, only with more a libertarian streak to them:

Sky News’ royal commentator Alastair Bruce said the Queen would have asked the Tory leader the constitutional question “Will you form the new administration?” and the moment he said “yes” he became prime minister of Great Britain.

Mr Bruce added: “And then his wife would have been invited into the room and they would all have had a jolly good chat.”

Mr Cameron is the 14th prime minister the Queen has dealt with.

Sky News’ royal correspondent Sarah Hughes said Mr Cameron’s audience with the Her Majesty lasted some 25 minutes.

The Queen wanted to prepare Mr. Cameron for his first gift from the Obama Administration, which no doubt took some time.  The operation is parliamentary systems is quite different from our own. Unlike our system, where coalitions are formed in the major political parties, with the hopes and dreams of the coalition members carried by one individual candidate, in a parliamentary system that happens in the government. The previous election in April was inconclusive, and resulted in a “hung parliament” since the Tories, while having gained many seats, did not quite achieve a majority of the seats. This left Gordon Brown the task of attempting to form a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. He failed, and tendered his resignation to the Queen, who asked David Cameron to form a new Administration. I would not expect that the Government David Cameron leads is going to be that effective. They will have to address many of the Liberal Democrat issues, and unless they gain a majority, will be subject to having the Liberal Dems bolt the coalition and take down the government. I would think that’s going to make it hard to get anything done, but perhaps they will be able to work together in areas where they do agree. It’ll be interested, at the least, to see what comes out of this.

5 Responses to “New Prime Minister”

  1. Shawn says:

    Over 75% of UK laws are from the EU. And it doesnt matter as both parties said they would continue to work with the EU. So you can expect both parties to work hand in hand giving more autority of the country to the EU. Where the people that run it have no fear of the public voting them out.

    In a few years the UK won’t even be able to be considered a country, more like an EU colony. Ironic isn’t it?

  2. Drang says:

    Part of the reason I’ve always been reluctant to support a third party was the danger of no single party winning enough votes, leading to coalition governments, which–watching British and (especially) Israeli politics, can be unwieldy, fragile affairs.

    Now I wonder if an unwieldy, fragile form of government might not be a good idea, if it spends all it’s time bickering about who gets to do what, they don’t actually get to do anything…
    (OTOH, that might lead to government by bureaucratic fiat…)

  3. Sebastian says:

    That wouldn’t really be a problem in our system.

  4. Andy says:

    Funny that from what I read from the EU view, Britain would be the castaway living the solitary existence.

    What do I know, I’m a gun carrying, knuckle dragging Neanderthal Yank.

  5. Old NFO says:

    Good point Seb, Brown failed in his negotiation with Clegg’s minority, so he was out on his ear. The “new” government will probably be about like Israel’s when they flop from side to side, getting ANY cooperation is going to be a time consuming (and backstabbing) set of iterations.

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