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Friday, 7 May 2010

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Britain awoke to the news that the election had resulted in a hung parliament. Though much of the news over the past few weeks had mentioned the phrase, the vast majority of voters still have no idea what it means. In an attempt to explain, political editor, Nick Stuff attempts to explain.

"In essence, it's when any one party has insufficient votes to over rule everybody else. If there were ten MPs, and four were blue, three red, two yellow and one a wishy washy grey colour, then none of the colours could overrule the others, for an orange coalition can ensure that blue's policies do not get through, whilst a blue alone, or a green coalition, can ensure red's policies don't get through. In this situation, the smaller numbers would band together to make a bigger party."

And how does that translate to the real world?

"What it means is that although the Conservatives have more seats, Gordon Brown will still be in charge, although Nick Clegg will be his deputy instead of John Prescott. And that will mean a much smaller biscuit budget."

Is that likely?

"No."

Why?

"What is more likely is that Gordon Brown will step down and a new Labour leader will be chosen by the remaining Labour MPs, and there will be a second General Election, probably in November when it's apparent that nothing is getting done."

So there we have it, a hung parliament means that everything will grind to a halt, and no decisions will be made until November. On the plus side, David Cameron isn't in charge.

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