Category Archives: Westminster

Can we put the “largest party forms government” thing to bed now?

Surely this must be the final word on the ongoing “Vote SNP, get Tory”, “Vote SNP, get a UKIP-Green hybrid” and “Vote Green, get lucky with an unwashed activist” nonsense.

Here is the government’s own Cabinet Manual, released in October 2011, subtitled “a guide to laws, conventions and rules on the operation of government”. If you’re so inclined, you can read the whole thing here, but I’ve picked out the important bits below.

You might notice a distinct lack of anything stating “the largest party gets to be the government”…

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Spot the difference

Signs that Westminster might be panicking slightly:

VoteSNPgetLab

Vote SNP and you’ll let Labour win! Aaarrggghhh!!

Of course, it could be worse. Labour recently tweeted this portrait of a dystopian future.

A Tory government you didn't vote for? Inconceivable!

A Tory government you didn’t vote for? Inconceivable!

Of course, both of these posters ignore the fact that even if every single Scottish constituency had voted Labour in 2010, we’d still have got the current Tory-LibDem outcome.

Here’s a radical idea – why not vote based on who you think will represent you best?