reverse ferret scenario

So Cleggy boy meets Brown, while carefully not having a face to face with Cameron. Not bad. Obviously, he’s not so lost in the creamy embrace of the Cameron-media complex to exclude a bidding war. 

Here’s a scenario, based on 

i) final abandonment of the idea that anyone is “acting on principle” 

ii) not getting electoral reform is suicidal for the Lib Dems 

Absolutely desperate for some kind of deal to reverse Clegg’s apparently irresistible drift towards the Tories, Brown offers proportional representation without a referendum, to take place at the next election, whenever that is. 

Clegg takes the deal, and immediately precipitates an election. Labour duly get hammered. So do the LD’s. But they still come out ahead in seats because their votes are now proportionate. 

Clegg goes into coalition with the Tories. 

Woe, beating of breasts, laments for the progressive coalition, etc, etc. 

As I say, just a thought. It’s probably more likely that he’s stringing Brown along to get more out of the Tories.

5 thoughts on “reverse ferret scenario

  1. If Clegg plus Brown instituted PR without a populate mandate they would be *destroyed* at the next election. Everyone and his dog would vote Conservative, just to get FPTP back. No Briton would accept such an huge, underhand, self-interested manipulation of the electoral system for the selfish gain of the LDs and Labour after their showing at the election.

  2. No Briton would accept such an huge, underhand, self-interested manipulation of the electoral system for the selfish gain of the LDs and Labour after their showing at the election.

    Do you mean the election in Britain last Thursday when Labour and the LDs polled over 50% of the vote between then, against 37% for the Tories, or some other election, where the majority of the electorate didn’t support one of the centre-left parties?

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