Whoa. Anyone who says that politics is boring is surely eating their words tonight. Buy shares in Alphabetti Spaghetti – they’re sure to rocket.
I would write a post about today’s events and all the possible permutations, but given that the pace of events is moving like Westminster is channelling 24 on acid, it’s quite possible that anything I produced would be hopelessly out of date before it was finished.
Coalition negotiations between the Tories and the Lib Dems! Secret talks between the Lib Dems and Labour! Hush-hush conversations between Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg! Brown’s resignation! David Miliband touting his candidacy for the position of Labour leader! The Tories offering a referendum on the Alternative Vote system! Labour raising the stakes by offering a referendum on Proportional Representation! The SNP and Plaid Cymru ready in the wings with their “mighty hand”! Adam Boulton nearly punching Alistair Campbell live on television!
By the end of the week, we could be in the crazy situation where, after the Tories gained more seats in a single election than they have in decades, and Labour had its worst election result for 80 years, Gordon Brown is still Prime Minister. What an affront to democracy that would be. Imagine the repercussions.
There’s only one honourable choice, Mr Clegg. You’ve extracted your concessions. For God’s sake, do the right thing, do what you always said you would, and support the party with the clearest mandate from the people of this country.