A couple of weeks ago I expressed my preference for a hung parliament. David Cameron says it would be “damaging”, Ken Clarke says it would be “catastrophic”, but then they would say that. I am not alone in hoping that the politicians will be forced to work together. As it turns out, 32% of the population would prefer a hung parliament to any other outcome.
Given the reforms that need to happen in our political system, a clear mandate would actually be worse. A hung parliament is forced to compromise, to reform, to listen to ideas from all sides. The government cannot pretend they have a right to railroad through an agenda that most people did not vote for.
There are a number of campaigns out to encourage a hung parliament.
- Hang’em has a postcode search so you can enter your constiutency and vote for the candidate most likely to deliver a hung parliament.
- Progressive Parliament has narrowed it down to the key 30 seats.
- Vote for a change have the same tools, saying this could be the last time anyone needs to vote tactically.