Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Coalitions are Bad

A good summary of how awful coalitions are can be found here.

We may have to have one in the UK following the hung parliament result from Thursday. However if anyone thought that coalition-forming, which would be a constant if we were to plunge ourselves into continental style proportional representation, is a good thing should be disabused of the notion by now

The people may have voted but it's the politicians who decide who forms the government.

That's not right.


  1. Richard, welcome to the World of Coalition government! Well, as you said, it can be really a really messy affair. Still, there's a chance to make the best of it. The Pragmatism thing, you know!

  2. I agree, but the other side of the coin, I think, is that we don't need electoral reform: those people who were allowed to vote spoke in favour of a coalition, and that's what we're going to get.