Friday, May 07, 2010

Shall the last be first?

Deploying the scenario of "stable government for difficult times" looks like Gordon Brown is trying to hold on to power despite losing the election. Will the underachieving Lib Dems jump into bed with Labour, enticed by the promise of voting reform? Labour and the Lib Dems together gained over 50% of popular vote in this election to 36% for the Tories. PR could cement a secularising Lab/Lib Dem coalition in power for years to come. Not a comforting thought.

Good to know that, Psalm 124:8 and a good time to pray, 1 Timothy 2:1-4.


David Reimer said...

There's nothing straightforward here, it seems to me. My observations: that the percentage of non-voters is about equivalent to the percentage of Conservative voters; and that of those eligible to vote, less than a quarter of them went out to vote Conservative!

Party politics is filled with tensions for Christians. (And I so appreciated your three Q&A's, btw!) But a model of collaborative government (PR?) may well give more opportunity than the current system!

On the specific matter of 'secularizing' ... is there anything to distinguish the main political parties? Surely 'secularity' (is that a word?) is fundamental to each main party.

Exiled Preacher said...

I posted this just after Brown's statement outside no. 10 and it was rapidly overtaken by events.

Interesting to see how Lib/Con dialogue proceeds.

I'm undecided on the merits of PR.

Tories don't seem to be quite so strident in their secularism. E.g. They supported free speech amendments to the Lab govt's sexual orientation legislation.

Doesn't mean that I'm an enthusiastic Conservative. They are least worst option at best.