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David Cameron & the Bungled Parliament

By Ryan Streeter, New Geography - May 9, 2010

On May 6 British voters handed themselves a hung Parliament for the first time since 1974. No political party has a governing majority. This has surprised most pundits who have assumed for several years that the Conservatives would reclaim government in Britain by 2010, ending 13 years of Labour rule and the tenure of Gordon Brown, the prime minister everyone loves to hate.

The reasons for the conservative's disappointing performance are complex. Certainly the surprisingly adroit performance in the first-ever prime ministerial debates by Nick Clegg, the even-more-telegenic-than-David Cameron leader of the Liberal Democrat party, did not help. But Clegg's lustre -- which became known as "Cleggmania" -- eventually wore off by election day, and the Lib Dems ended up losing five seats.

 

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