And so David summoned Nick after the hung parliament election result, the first since 1974. It seemed logical. The Tories had come first and even Gordon Brown conceded they should have the first shot at forming a coalition. I am quiet a distant but keen observer on British politics due to my serving my life sentence in Babylon and being freed through returning home to Cyprus. So please forgive my cynicism….

I have not voted since way before Tony Blair come to power when the one John Major took over rather cautiously from the obstinate divine leader, Margaret Thatcher. As  a student I had witnessed Thatcherism first hand. Steel workers and Miners all stayed at Essex University finding refuge and solidarity from students. Back then a person called John Bercow was  part of a loony right Tory fringe who ‘entertained’ us all at Union meetings with some rather vitriolic interventions.  Cecil Parkinson, then a minister with extra marital affairs of the heart attempted to speak on two occasions at Essex. I say attempted because the first time as he stepped out of the limo an egg splatted on his face to chants of ‘Cecil does your wife know’. The other, he spoke or tried to but could not be heard above the insurgents who had taken over the meeting, including yours truly. I think it was some Monday Club farce or something like that.

But oh how the tables have turned. John Bercow   became Speaker of the House of Commons, with a brand of Toryism that was faintly Blairite. Frankly I had not heard of Nick Clegg before the election, and to me he does look very much like David Cameron so a Tory-Liberal coalition seems inevitable. How long it might last and at what cost for the Liberals is questionable. In many ways, especially given the economic turmoil the world is in one would expect all politicians to be a bit more humble. They often tell us to tighten our belts, to make sacrifices for our respective ‘nations’. But they themselves always  put their own vested party interest above that of every one in society.

The Tories won, yes, it was not a landslide, and Labour came second, doing better than many polls suggested. After 13 years in power, especially due to the lying foreign policies of Tony Blair, it’s no surprise really that Labour lost. The Liberals mean time slipped up, not meeting their pre-election targets. Add to this the all party MP expenses scandals and  it would seem that given many of these factors, David, Gordon and Nick, have still got it all horribly wrong. Especially, David, who like it or not did win the election. If  any of them really had a heart they would form a strong coalition government. Cameron should have first talked to Brown. Nick should have also been put in the picture. I know it does sound very far-fetched, but if this non sectarian approach was adopted in Greece a couple of decades ago ordinary working people would not be paying the price for all those policies which p0liticians devised for the sake of getting re-elected. How can any one get paid a 16th salary? I even heard a story about a gardener employed by the state but he did not have a garden to work in. Sounds ridiculous but its true. If all the politicians in times of severe crisis actually worked together the world would be a much better place. They can return to their sectarian ways once the crisis is over . But right now, no one has the luxury to be pig headed,exclusive, obstinate or one-sided.

And while they are all at it, trying to work out a fake pact behind closed doors Liberals should not lose sight of the fact that without Proportional Representation they will never achieve justice.  If they enter an alliance compromising this basic key principle they are doomed.

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