Well, don’t just believe me. Skim through the powerpoints put together by the Institute for Government, a non partisan body that is an expert in, well, government. This scatter chart is particularly telling:
Another slide demonstrates that the government-formation process in the UK is likely to be far less than in hordes of other countries. It explains ‘Confidence and supply’ – the arrangement Julian reckoned might be plausible in a Lib -Con world. It also discusses the dynamics of governing in a minority government. One of my concerns under our wacky system might have been the Conservatives somehow hoping to ‘time’ a new dissolution to reflect badly on the others; but this reminds us that even if they say ‘we can’t govern’, they run the risk of the other parties resisting a call for dissolution and putting in their own man. “Cameron resigns; Miliband/Clegg takes over” – headlines that would cause a lot of Home Counties scrambled egg to be splattered over the Daily Telegraph”.
Vote for a hung parliament. They work: they reflect truly the dispositions of the sovereign voter; they enable difficult fiscal decisions to be taken with consensus; they turn intra-party bickering into inter-party negotiation. And they mean change. What’s not to like?