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Not quite.  She can't decide which Party should be in power but she officially approves the Office of the Prime Minister.  Chops his head off with a sword or something.  Technically, the Queen could intervene and say no to the Party's choice of PM but her role is largely symbolic in officially agreeing whatever is recommended to her.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 04:49:42 PM EST
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well if there's not a majority, She can invite anyone in theory, but in practice it would be the person who had managed to put the coalition that was in the majority. Minority governments have been invited before though. And in crisis, governments of national unity.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:19:16 PM EST
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Minority Govts? I didn't know that.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:20:54 PM EST
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You'd need a hung parliament.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 07:54:11 PM EST
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When was the last minority government in the UK? Maybe the Liberals? If so, interesting that Canada and New Zealand kept that 'tradition' much fresher.

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by DoDo on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:23:04 PM EST
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I think there was some in the 30'ies.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:27:49 PM EST
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I think it was in the 30's, although in the 1970's we had Edward Heath refusing to resign, while in a minority and attempting to form a new government.

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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:40:33 PM EST
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When was the last minority government in the UK? Maybe the Liberals? If so, interesting that Canada and New Zealand kept that 'tradition' much fresher.

Yeah, but New Zealand has proportional representation, while Canada has parties with strong regional bases, producing a multi-party system despite their unfair electoral system.

by IdiotSavant on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 08:33:29 PM EST
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Still, the willingness of other parties to tolerate the minority government is what is necessary for the constellation to emerge -- and, AFAIK, most cases can be found in Commonwealth states.

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by DoDo on Sun Jun 7th, 2009 at 05:03:03 AM EST
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Technically, the Queen could intervene and say no to the Party's choice of PM

...but no UK monarch has done that since 1834, and then it was the disaster which reinforced the rule.

but her role is largely symbolic in officially agreeing whatever is recommended to her.

And otherwise, Parliament cuts off her head.  Or her sock budget.  One or the other.

(In NZ, we have a Governor-General, who knows his place: he is there to make whoever has a majority PM, and sign whatever the elected Parliament puts in front of him.  Successive G-Gs have done this dutifully and without any hint of interfering or imposing their own views.  Unlike Australia)

by IdiotSavant on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 08:29:14 PM EST
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