Gordon Brown’s Hours as Prime Minister Are Numbered

by Mike on May 11, 2010

in Election 2010,UK Politics

Gordon Brown announced yesterday that he would step down as Prime Minister and as leader of the Labour Party by the Labour Party conference in August.  During the announcement, he also stated that his Labour Party was in talks with Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats about forming what a coalition based on what he called Britain’s “progressive majority.”  Yesterday’s news was rightly seen as a desperate political Hail Mary to keep the leader of the UK’s largest political party out of Number 10 Downing Street.

Today’s news is that Brown’s Hail Mary fell incomplete.  The British blogosphere and The Telegraph are reporting that David Cameron has reached an agreement with Nick Clegg under which Cameron will become Prime Minister, Clegg will become Deputy Prime Minister, and the Liberal Democrats will receive six Cabinet positions.  The deal clears the way for Cameron to move into 10 Downing Street tomorrow morning as Gordon Brown prepares to resign.

*I should also add that the events of the last few days serve as a great argument against changing the UK’s electoral system.  Although a Parliamentary system, the UK is accustomed to clear cut results and immediate post-election transfers of power.  Under PR systems, the post-election backroom deals and horse trading seen over the last few days will become standard operating procedure after every election.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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