Sunday 16 May 2010

Policies before personalities, if you please, Birmingham

In the election, the LibDems were rightly anti-Tory, anti-Labour and anti-Nationalist, for the simple reason that they are pro their own policies. The popular vote dictated that two or more parties get together to run the country. With the current distorted electoral system, which is the true dinosaur in the political landscape, it is actually quite impressive that a 5-year Government has been agreed within 5 days of the polls closing.

Common elsewhere, fixed-term parliaments can provide the stable government planned. In this case, the arithmetic of the vote has allowed pragmatism over policies to win over personalities. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in Birmingham today.