08 May 2010
Is the Grand Progressive Coalition being formed?
Is a Grand Progressive Coalition possible in the House of Commons? This blog reckons that it is and even though we don't get to see the end of Nu-Labour in the short term, in the long run we probably will. In the meantime, if the GPC comes about then we can sit back and watch as the Tories self destruct in internecine warfare - something that couldn't happen to a better bunch of two-legged cockroaches.
Labour has 258 seats, and seemingly a mountain the climb to get to the 326 needed to have a one seat majority. However, the Scottish Nationalists have six seats and their Welsh counterparts have three. In Ulster the Social Democratic & Labour Party have three and the Alliance one. All of those parties would be more than happy to come along if the budgets for their respective countries were guaranteed by Labour. Caroline Lucas who holds the single Green seat may be brought on board with some tree-hugging tosh, and all told that gives our putative coalition 272 seats.
Labour can buy off the Liberals and get their 57 seats with a cast-iron promise to change the voting system. The Tories cannot offer that, but starting last night quite a few Labour figures tossed it on the table in post-election interviews. The notion that such a power hungry party would agree to go out of power when its ministers could keep their paws on the levers of government by making a deal is ludicrous. Bingo: a coalition with 329 seats in the Commons and a tiny majority of just three.
The beautiful thing about this idea is that the only reason why the Tory backwoodsmen ever went along with Cameron and his reforms was because he promised them power. If he cannot deliver that then they might just tear him to pieces. The Tory Party could be out of power for another generation.
What does the left get out of this? The chance, finally, to have a party that represents the urban working class without having to pander to the liberal middle class and their tedious social issues.
It all looks win-win to your friendly old Exile!