Brits woke up this morning to a "hung parliament". Considering all of the voter dissatisfaction with government, you'd think the term would give the notion of Guy Fawkes Day a whole new meaning. But nobody was really hanged, in effigy or for real; the good citizens of the United Kingdom expressed themselves at the ballot box in a way that resulted in no party getting a majority in the House of Commons.
The Conservatives won an estimated 36.2 percent of the ballot compared to 29.1 percent for Labour and 22.9 percent for the Liberal Democrats. A BBC projection forecast that the Conservatives would secure 306 seats, Labour 261 and the Liberal Democrats an unexpectedly low 54.
Now let's break this situation down with pop music:
The Velvet Underground & Nico"I'll Be Your Mirror": Look at how the share of seats in parliament poorly reflects the national share of votes.
T Rex"Rip Off" I'm sure Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg feels burned.
"Let's Make A Deal!": We can't feel too bad for Mr. Clegg, though. In a hung parliament, Conservatives and Labour now need Clegg's party for either to form a majority coalition. So each major party will be saying to the Lib Dem's, LET'S MAKE A DEAL!
Cheap Trick - "I Know What I Want": Clegg will propose his terms--one of them being election reform.
Nine Inch Nails"Head Like A Hole": Most of Labour, and definitely the Tories, don't like the idea of some form of proportional voting. And why should they? The current system benefits them! Election reform is fairer in granting seats, and that benefits Clegg and his party. But still, voting reform could be the price of the majority coalition, and only time will tell if this happens.
With this kind of change, in the next election, perhaps the Lib Dem's will get the share of seats they deserve and the two main parties will get theirs' too - in more ways than one!