I haven’t written much about the general election going on in Britain, but I have been following the news. After two debate victories by Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, David Cameron, the Conservative party leader, scored a win in the third, and final debate. His performance is seen to have boosted the Conservatives’ chances to win the general election outright, but I would not be surprised if a hung Parliament still ends up being the result, given the distribution of votes and party strength throughout the country, and given Britain’s unique electoral system.
I imagine however that even if there is a hung Parliament, the Conservatives may ultimately have the best chance to form a government; Clegg hates Brown, and may well cooperate with Cameron and the Tories sooner, their differences over the euro, European integration, and the preservation of Britain’s nuclear deterrent notwithstanding. Of course, much depends on whether the Tories will have the first shot at forming a new government after the election; if Labour is called upon first, it may find a way to hang on to power by attracting Liberal Democrat support . . . after tossing Gordon Brown to the side, of course.