Sitrep, the situation is still all over the place.

Wow, well here we still are – Saturday 3.30 and still no change in government, Brown is still squatting in No.10 and Clegg and Cameron are apparently having positive talks. Quick round up of the rumours, hearsay and general position.

  • Brown & Co. Still putting out propaganda relating to their ‘mandate’ to govern, let’s be clear that’s a constitutional mandate, not on reflected in the popular vote. If Brown can’t form a majority government and can’t present a government to the house which has the support of the house, then he’ll have to resign.
  • Reports of a fiery telephone conversation between Brown and Clegg are being reported in all sections of the media – a source very close to LibDem HQ told me that Brown lectured Clegg for over 30 minutes on the phone, general consensus seems to be that Brown still believes if the Lib Dems joined Labour that he should still be PM.
  • There’s a rather bias campaign shouting and screaming in Westminster currently saying that we should have ‘fair’ votes – one could argue that we already had a fair vote, but what’s interesting about the protest is the number of really familar faces: take a look at the video of Brown arriving at St.Pancras then take a look at the live footage on BBC/Sky.
  • Billy Bragg is making a cock of himself saying that we should have PR now with the basic argument that we didn’t win, so the system must change. How ‘fair’ is that?
  • Brown has allegedly left Downing Street and gone up to Scotland – an odd decision that will of course delay any action for removing him as he’ll first have to get back down to London – all of this as the ash cloud starts to shut European airspace again.
  • It should be noted for those jumping up and down for Electoral Reform that Nick Clegg himself said that the options would need to be explored before jumping straight into PR, and that a referendum on reform would be the fairest way of deciding, for a party with only 57 seats in a parliament of 650 would be the most unfair change in politics ever seen in the UK.
  • Clegg is about to come out and make a statement to the protest.
  • Clegg makes an incredibly carefully worded address via megaphone to the 1000 odd people on the streets, of course you do have to say that 1000 people on the street is nothing 2 million hit the street for Iraq. My bet is Clegg is now isolating himself a little from what’s going to be an unpleasant shock – it’s not going to be PR instantly, it’ll have to be an enquiry and a referendum.
  • Labour MP John Mann is calling for Brown to go.

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