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UK General Elections

Stalemate, Instability or a New Politics?

The new chaotic variety of British politics make it clear no single party is going to win a majority in the 7 May elections. Who will come first, and who they may be able to form a government with is uncertain. None of this is helped by the United Kingdom’s lack of a written constitution, and the increasing inadequacy of the first-past-the-post system in a time of political diversity.

 

As the UK general election campaign enters its last stage, one thing is agreed by all the pollsters and pundits amid conflicting polls, manifesto launches, and political rhetoric—no single party is going to win a majority.

The decades of alternate two-party rule in the UK—governments shifting between Labour and the Tories—is at an end. And the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition of the last five years, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, may only be unusual in the future for needing just two parties to achieve a majority in the House of Commons.

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