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Interesting that most of the chat has focused on 1974. A more apt comparison might be 1931, and the first National Government led by Ramsay MacDonald. This was not formed immediately after an election but after the collapse of the minority ruling party (Labour). In few words, we got hammered.Neil Foxlee wrote:Is there any remote chance of a provisional government of national unity, I wonder? At least that way, the main parties would be sharing the poisoned chalice and consequent unpopularity.
David Flower wrote:scanning the results the highest turn out by miles seems to be Warwick at a massive 85% where Con gained the seat from Labour. Which suggests the Torys did a good local campaign and shows what can happen if you mobilise everyone. Most turnouts between 58-72% which still seems quite high compared to recent decades as far as I remember.
Clegg is in a cleft stick: he has to take his party with him, but for different reasons, different LibDems would have very strong feelings against a deal with either the Tories or Labour (especially under Brown), while insisting on a referendum on electoral reform.
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