Tuesday, May 11, 2010
So there might be a 'progressive alliance' after all?
My post (below) two days ago was obviously a bit premature. It appears as if a Lab-LibDem agreement might be possible. It seems pretty clear that LibDem MPs, understandably frightened by the reaction from their voters to a deal with the Tories, baulked at what was being offered to them by their leaders and negotiators.
Not surprisingly, we're now seeing an outraged response from the metropolitan media who have been waiting to usher in to power David Cameron and his entourage. But the fact is that just as the electorate did not deliver a mandate to Labour, nor did it do so to the Tories - and if 60% of the electorate broadly speaking would define themselves on the 'centre-left' (although I know that terms like this drastically over-simplify the complex political make up of the country), then it is right that should be reflected in the government that is formed. That doesn't mean that the 36% who voted Tory should be ignored - their views and votes and MPs should be heard in Parliament as well - but nor does it give them a right to take power alone also.
Finally, I want to put on record my great respect and admiration for Gordon Brown. I don't think there is any politician in this country who has had to face such a campaign of vilification as he has. I have no idea what he intends to do in the future - but I hope and am sure that his immense talents, and in particular his commitment to international justice and cooperation, will be applied in another role.
PS Here's a link showing the full results in Edinburgh North & Leith, and my comments.
Posted by Mark Lazarowicz at 10:01 am