With the political process in apparent meltdown this evening, I have to agree strongly with the following comment made by the Conservative, William Hague:
"It would be wrong to construct a government, which wouldn't be stable, which wouldn't have a prime minister elected by the people of this country and wouldn't be submitting a major constitutional change to a referendum of the country."
One can imagine that if Labour succeeded in reaching some kind of agreement with the LibDems, then suitcases full of money would leave this country towards the Celtic fringes, which would in turn hold the real balance of power! The predictable condition of their being part of any Labour and LibDem coalition to make-up the numbers, would be that the public sector cuts would fall most heavily on England rather than be shared across the United Kingdom or what remains left of it. Good reason enough for the creation of an English Parliament in the eyes of most observers and long overdue in the eyes of many.
On a different note altogether and a bit of a mystery! I hear from reports, that my fellow Westgate ward councillor, our hard-working and diligent Tom King, was a reluctant star of the BBC's election night coverage when he was filmed wearing a large red Labour rosette during the count at Wandsworth. Now, to be simply invited into the count, one has to be some way up the ladder of any local political organisation, as numbers are tightly restricted, so I guess the secret is out and being an independent councillor here in Thanet may simply be compared to a flag of convenience? With Westgate such a firmly traditional Conservative-leaning ward one can perhaps understand why.