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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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