But another much earlier, wise and experienced Conservative view The next general election is \”very likely\” to produce a hung parliament, former deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine has said 31 October 2009
Lord Heseltine also said invading Iraq “was a terrible mistake”. He added: “I had
no time for Saddam Hussein, but in terms of the stability of the Middle East, Saddam Hussein had been an important ally in Western interests in stability.
“If you overturned him, which is what we then did, there was going to be instability in a country which he had ruled with a rod of iron, often very unacceptable ways, but once you take him out then the consequences are to be seen on the streets of Baghdad.
In short – we need to get away from Partite or Tripartite politics and think the unthinkable – a Parliament fit for the purpose – fit for the people and not fit for the parties.
To that end, I personally, would prefer the other possibility for the biggest party to form a minority government with no agreements with other parties and just try to form majorities in favour of each individual bill as it comes up. This would be acceptable to me in-line with the Jury Team’s manifesto of seeking referenda from the public on 5% of the electorate asking for a referendum on any issue that is important to them.
In some countries, instead of forming coalition governments, they have reached agreements with smaller parties that they will support the government if there is a vote in parliament aimed at bringing down the government and forcing an election. This could be expensive on the public purse and foolhardy without first seeking a change in electoral system to PR and or AV.
Countries which often operate with coalition cabinets include: the Nordic
countries, the Benelux countries, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Turkey, Israel, New Zealand, Kosovo, Pakistan, Kenya, and India. Switzerland has been ruled by a coalition of the four strongest parties in parliament from 1959 to 2008, called the “Magic Formula.” Even in the most populous, exemplarily democratic, diverse, digital and developing and dominating economies despite Global recession one of the political cartoonist represents the coalition UPA Govt as an obese MP or Minister sitting on the poor, down-trodden public.
However, having a truly representative electoral system with representative parliament reflecting the diversity and their opinions in the multi-ethnic Britain would be a refreshing and cleansing surge of oxygen along the dark, daylight-poor and devious corridors of English Parliament.