Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Constitution and precedent are on coalition's side

The first rule is that when we hold an election we do not directly elect a prime minister. We elect a House of Commons. It is this elected chamber of Parliament that decides who governs the country.

The second rule of parliamentary government is that it is the leaders of the party or coalition of parties that have the confidence of a majority in the House of Commons who have the right to govern.

The rest of the details, in all glorious accuracy here.

1 comment:

Me: said...

Here’s something all sides should be able to agree upon: this isn’t about who loves the country more, or whether the country will endure, or if one part of the country or another is being treated unfairly. It’s about the way the party in power manages a minority Parliament, and the possibility of the opposition parties might defeat that party and form an unusual new coalition government.

You can be on either side, or neither. But it’s not about patriotism, and nobody should pretend it is.