Britain looks set to have another coalition government in the next couple of days, if the latest opinion polls on Thursday’s general elections are anything to go by.
As party faithful and the entire country went to the polls to determine the next set of parliamentarians and the country’s Prime Minister (PM) for the next five years, the latest Ipos MORI survey for the London Evening Standard showed that David Cameron’s Conservatives have 36%, just a point ahead of his closest rival, Ed Miliband, whose Labour Party trails very closely at 35%.
Surprisingly, UKIP is third, with 11% , while deputy PM, Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats ( Lib Dem) are a distant fourth on voters’ minds, with just 8% of those surveyed wanting to vote for them.
If the polls are right, then the country will have a hung parliament like it did five years ago, when the Conservatives won a majority number of seats in the House, but didn’t have enough to go it alone. Hence, they went ahead to form a coalition government with Clegg’s Lib Dem. Labour and Gordon Brown came second and were forced out of Downing Street, as Clegg’s Party went down the aisle with the Tories (Conservatives) , rather than form a union with Labour. Brown then resigned as Labour leader on May 10, 2010. A day later, he tendered his resignation as the country’s Premier and bade farewell to 10, Downing Street.
Although the full outcome of the elections results will not be known till later on Friday (today), the country will have another hung parliament, if out of the 625 seats on offer, the largest party secures 325 seats or fewer. Apart from the latest poll for the Standard, other major national polls have predicted the same and if they turn out so, another coalition is inevitable. But the jury is out as to who and who will be in bed together this time round. The brides will most probably be Clegg’s Lib Dems or UKIP or even SNP.
One thing is almost certain, Labour and the Conservatives don’t want to do business together or be in a relationship.
Clegg, meanwhile, has recently said his party would give the party with the majority of votes and seats the ” time and space” to form a new government before speaking to the party that comes second.