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Just to point out that Britain's FPTP system doesn't preclude a hung parliament, coalitions, etc.

See what Fran found here, in which the Tories speak of a possible coalition with Lib Dems in the event of a hung parliament next time round.

And, iirc, there was a possibility of a hung parliament in 1992. Opinion polls predicted a very close election, though, in the end, the Tories got a clear majority.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Sep 22nd, 2005 at 04:41:39 AM EST
I think the presently non-two-party systems in Britain and Canada show that only strong local traditions can keep alive a third party, strong local traditions that mean majority in some districts.

Labour in Britain could only break the previous two-party system that ruled for two centuries only because there was a massive expansion of the circle of eligible voters (adding poor people and women).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Sep 22nd, 2005 at 07:30:05 AM EST
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