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However you slice it, you get fail.

Clegg + Brown - old and smelly.
Clegg + Cameron - Clegg loses around half his supporters and not a few of his MPs overnight.
Cameron + Brown - just no.
A.N.Other + Clegg + PR - Clegg might go for this as a caretaker government while another election with PR is set up. It would give ANOther a change to establish themselves.

Brown is Labour's biggest liability, so a fresh face might swing things in an interesting direction.

But I still worry about Clegg + Cameron, and some pious self-serving nonsense about a government of stability in these difficult times, etc.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 01:47:43 AM EST
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OK, that's where I was leaning but hesitated to say.

The only thing the Tories can offer the Lib/Dems is PR.  Which would, most likely, split the Tories.

Clegg can offer to 'help' the Tories but not formally enter into some kind of informal pact/alliance/whatever which is the smart move?  He can do all kinds of "In these difficult times & etc. etc. blah-blah" while working to get PR through the Commons.  Actually becoming part of the government would be, I think, a mistake.  

Which implies a Tory minority government and another election in a year or so.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 01:57:18 AM EST
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What are the odds of the SNP joining with Labour and LibDem?  
by paving on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 02:48:40 AM EST
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I think that's a possibility, and wily old Salmond would probably do it if an SNP MP became Scottish Secretary.

But if I were Brown I'd impose a proviso that they would be replaced by someone from whichever party leads the Scottish government so if in 2011 Scotland reverts to Labour, then Labour would take back the Cabinet post.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 05:01:00 AM EST
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