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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Queen's New Government

New British Prime Minister David Cameron, center, shakes hands with Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrats leader and new Deputy Prime Minister, right, at his official residence at 10 Downing Street in London, Wednesday.
Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

Britain this morning has the first minority coalition government in almost 65 years, led by the youngest Prime Minister in almost 200 years. It represents a major shift in our closest world ally. 

The Conservatory Party came short of a victory, but large enough to command negotiations for a coalition government. Do not assume they represent the same thing as conservatives in America, although they do have much in common (church, family, lower taxes, cut government programs). For one British Conservatives were against George Bush, attacking now former Prime Minister Gordon Brown for his friendship and support of Bush.

To form the coalition government, it was necessary for opposites to attract and bring the Liberal Democrat minority into the coalition. Gordon Brown's progressive Labor party is out, despite second largest number of elected members of parliament. 

The election was inconclusive,  leading to a coalition, a major difference from America. Another is that the Prime Minister is not elected, his party is. There is no transition. simply Gordon Brown went in to ask the Queen to accept his resignation, and shortly thereafter the leader of the "winning" party came in and assured the Queen of a stable government and was appointed the new Prime Minister.

Both men were educated in high end private schools and major high end private university. Both wealthy and elite, but both are said to be comfortable with all levels of England's caste class system.

The coalition is a very slight majority, setting Parliament up for the type of polarity we have currently in the US Congress.

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