My in-depth analysis, by which I mean reading the chart Drudge linked to of the parties’ respective policy positions, suggests that the issues on which the Tories and Lib Dems can probably reach accord/compromise in UK post-election negotiations are saner, so to speak, than the issues on which they’re split. They’re at odds on defense, immigration, and the EU — but they’re in rough agreement in favoring local control of schools, budget cuts, fairer taxes, electoral reform, and a rollback of the surveillance state.
Not bad, if accurate — and a bright spot in a week of Greek rioting, stock-plunging, Ron Paul/Bernie Sanders feuding, and suspicious NYC packages (indeed, I saw cops tearing apart what looked like an old freezer with an axe on an Upper East Side sidewalk the other night, probably just to be on the safe side).
Also, Iron Man 2 was cool.
I think electoral reform will be a sticking point. If Cameron agrees to the reforms Clegg wants-although I doubt he will-it would ensure that the Liberal Democrats are perpetually overly represented in parliament, and are part of any future coalition government. Conversely, it would marginalize the Conservatives in any future election.
The Tories and the Lib Dems should work out what they have in common for the good of the country. They should, hopefully, not focus on their differences.
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