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Who should the Lib Dems work with?

08:28 UK time, Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Labour recognise their efforts to do a deal with the Lib Dems to stay in power are over, the BBC understands. Should there be deal between the Conservatives and the Lib Dems?

The decision appears to clear the way for a Lib Dem and Tory deal which would see David Cameron succeeding Labour's Gordon Brown as prime minister.

The Lib Dems and Conservative teams are still in talks, four days after the UK election delivered a hung parliament

Can the Liberal Democrats come to a compromise with the Conservatives? Would a deal with the Labour party have worked? Who would you like to see govern?

What is your fantasy cabinet?

Watch events unfold here on the BBC News website.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Will not bother voting again, this is a total fiasco.

  • Comment number 2.

    I voted Lib Dem.

    We didn't get enough of the vote to demand influence in the new government.

    Any coalition with labour will be so fragmented as to be vitually unworkable.

    The Tories have now offered a referendum on electoral reform.

    Do the right thing Clegg, support the Conservatives.

  • Comment number 3.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 4.

    The Lib' Dem's should simply support the most popular choice of the 'people' and support the Conservative Party.

    but isn't it about time we had a Republic ?

  • Comment number 5.

    I voted Liberal Democrat because I believed Nick Clegg to be a sincere honest politician unfortunately he has proved me and many others wrong. They all keep going on about a secure stable Government and on every level that can only be a Lib/Con coalition. If they choose to go with and believe Labour, it is a fact that the Lib/Lab coalition will be out of power within 3 to 6 months, they will probably be able to cobble together a workable majority using the nationalists, but that cannot last forever as everyone knows there is no money in the pot. AV will not be passed into law by the Lib/Lab coalition because it will be blocked by the Conservatives, Labour Backbench MPs and probably Unionists. Nick Clegg is now on very dangerous ground, he has chosen to play with the big boys and his party is in very real danger at the next election, Oct/Nov time of going into complete oblivion.

  • Comment number 6.

    Clegg seems to have forgotten that we did actually have an election last week.

    If he thinks he`s still the `golden boy ` of the nation now, well.

    He`d better go back to David and say sorry very soon.

  • Comment number 7.

    Anything other than a Tory/Lib Dem coalition would result in weak government. Talk of "progressive" government is simply hot air - the numbers for Labour simply do not add up.

  • Comment number 8.

    Shame, Shame, Shame. That is how I feel about Nick Clegg. This bright, young man has shown himself to be no better than the two-faced outgoing PM. Holding secret talks behind the backs of the Conservatives has done him no favours in the eyes of the public. The idea of a LabLib coalition is outrageous. The Conservatives won with two million more votes than the other parties. The electorate will not think kindly of Nick Clegg if he imposes the Labour party on us through his misguided choice. David Cameron should forget Nick Clegg and continue without him. Mr Cameron has shown us, through the last few days, what kind of leader he will make in this unstable political environment. He has conducted himself with dignity throughout. He is the only choice and the right leader of this country. We have no faith in Nick Clegg now.

  • Comment number 9.

    The Tories got the most seats They should be involved in the new government. Also a Lib/Lab pac would require other players to achieve enough seats to govern, leading to too many cooks in the kitchen. We need a stable government tackling the primary issues of our Union. Personally I don't give a fig about voting, that is secondary to my concerns over the economy, immigration and jobs.

  • Comment number 10.

    To say that a Lib-Lab coalition is 'not what the electorate want' is ridiculous seeing as 52% voted for either Lib Dem or Labour. On the other hand, as a Labour voter I worry what effect a Lib-Lab coalition would have on Labour's already tainted public opinion. My vote would be for a fixed term Lib-Lab coalition to allow for electoral reform, followed by another election in 1 years' time.

  • Comment number 11.

    The Lib Dems should realize that they will never get a better chance than this to get PR and hold out until one party or the other offers it. They have no duty to back either party's ambitions to govern. If no coalition is formed, the Lib Dems will effectively have a casting vote on every debate. Whichever party formed a minority government couldn't be ousted without the Lib Dems voting against them in a motion of no confidence. That seems a more powerful position to be in than being the junior partner in a cobbled together alliance.

  • Comment number 12.

    Leb Dem And Conservastive Is Obviously What The Public Want As Tory Recieved The Most Votes And Seats.... nick Clegg Should Stick To His Word When He Said "I Will Back The Party With The Most Votes And Seats" If Hes In Our New Coillition Government We Want Someone Who Is True To There Word... Unlike Gordon Brown..

  • Comment number 13.

    Since the only possible stable government would be by a Lib-Dem/Conservative agreement, if the Lib-Dems now go in with Labour in their own interests rather than the country's, they'll soon find themselves in another election situation, and the voters will punish them for it.

  • Comment number 14.

    no matter who the two faced liberals choose to side with, they should not be able to hold this country to ransom again, can you imagine the farce if electoral reform is imposed on us by two parties who both lost seats in the election, it must be put to the people of this country in a reforendum that as just a yes or no vote, i am hoping at the next elestion in 12 months or less that the liberals will lose yet more m.p's as their actions of holding the country to ransom as been a total disgrace

  • Comment number 15.

    The problem here is the party system.

    If we didn't have parties, 600-odd MPs would have turned up to the commons last Friday, voted a PM and cabinet, then got on with business.

    All I hear is 'this party will never work with that party' and 'the XXX party executive committee detests the YYYY parliamentary something else'.

    All nonsense and little boys sulking, you have your result, nobody has overall power, now roll your sleeves up and COMPROMISE !!!

  • Comment number 16.

    Obviously the Lib-Dems should join with Labour and other pro - European parties on this matter. I cannot see anything to be gained by having a government in any way hostile to Europe. My concern is just how shallow the electorate are - want PR, don't want PR because it can take up to six days to decide on a govt. Forget that we have a Parliamentary democracy where the only people who are elected are individual MP's, not Leaders, which are elected by parties etc., etc.

    I would primarily scrap the press if I was elected and the dominant role they seem to have in inventing unhelpful phrases, such as "Coalition of Losers", which is wholly unrepresentative of the situation we are in. The fact is that the Tories did not win a landslide as predicted over the past 2 years or so, and have not "won" anything that I am aware of. We are, ultimately an immature and shallow society that wants everything solved yesterday, which is why we are in this mess in the first place!

  • Comment number 17.

    I voted Liberal Democrats as I believed Nick Clegg to be dynamic, modern, honest and above all transparent. I was optomistic with a Tory-Lib partnership as I felt both men showed similar traits with a national interest at heart.
    If there were to be a Lab-Lib coalition I would feel conned and bitter about the outcome of these talks. More and more Lib dems are coming out of the shadows quoting that "this is what the public wanted"...I think I am speaking for many when I say it is not. Lets hope if Lab/Lib form government, they pass electorial reform so we can vote them out. It is a chance for Lib to do the right thing, I hope that they do.

  • Comment number 18.

    As the Labour Party are the party currently in government then according to the constitution it is Labour who the Lib Dems should be talking to.

    Also a Labour Lib Dem coalition is the best chance of this country getting a stable government. There is absolutley no common ground between the tories and the Lib Dems where there is plenty between Labour and the Lib Dems.

  • Comment number 19.

    Never mind “who they should speak to”, I blame the mere existence of the pointless Lib Dems for all this.

    If you want to get into politics and are middle of the road, either leaning to the right or left, why wouldn’t you join the Tories or Labour: two parties with guiding principles and a chance of power. If not, join a party that’s really something different: the Greens, UKIP, Communists – anything that stands for something! Why the Lib Dems? Because you’re a wimp who wants to avoid any chance of power in order to act PC and holier than thou at all times. They have no guiding principles since the Tories moved into their territory in the late 1900s. The modern party has no reason for being. There is no point to them whatsoever.

    And their voters? Tactical voters or naïve fools who actually think there’s something different and noble about them merely because they’ve been out of power for ages. People who claimed to vote for them at the polls (30%+)? PC wimps who are scared of openly opting for a party of power and principle. That’s why only 20% actually voted (many probably tactical).

    If they didn’t exist, we wouldn’t be in this mess, being held to ransom by some PC nobody representing a party exclusively for wimps.

    I hope people start seeing this sixth-form-politics party for what they are. Not only a waste of space, but a drag on proper government and a drag on smaller parties that actually stand for something.

  • Comment number 20.

    All of these Mp's are into talking round the direct question, fiddling expenses, doing things behind our backs. Not one of the top 3 will hold a referudum on Europe or the Euro as I believe the Uk populations would vote to get out & stay out.

    Get rid of all the Mp's the lot of them. To much talk & no action.

  • Comment number 21.

    After all he said before the Election about the party with the most votes moving into downing street Nick Clegg has tied himself to the conservatives or to no party at all, which would force Gordon Brown to try and form a minority Government or do the right thing (as he didn't have the most votes) and resign to allow David Cameron to form a minority government.

    Bottom line, we need change so Labour must go, either by Conservative minority Government or by Conservative/Liberal coalition

  • Comment number 22.

    Surely nobody can form a coalition with the SNP (or include them in a collation) whatever political persusion they may be. And this purely on the the basis of the SNP`s own argument, namely 85% of votes in scotland might well have not gone to the torries. But how can they justify being in coalition for britain as 0% voted for the SNP in England, Wales or Norhtern Ireland? As a matter of fact, I think the BNP got more votes than the SNP in the above mentioned countries and we surely don`t expect ANY party to want them in their coalition?

  • Comment number 23.

    I think the only party to form a government should be the conservative party plus who ever. However i think that the party debates / negociations going on now should be in the open, we the electorate voted our MP's in to office, they are working for us, if open government means deciding who governs the UK in secret then politics deserves the reputation that it has.

  • Comment number 24.

    How can either party trust the LibDems now, after such blatent two-facedness. I almost voted for Nick Clegg, but what a charlatan he's turned out to be - remember 'I stand by what I said earlier'? It lasted all of 2 days...

  • Comment number 25.

    the lib dems lost seats, labour lost seats the conservatives increased their seats, I have listened to mealy mouthed politicians over the last few days trying to justify Nick Cleggs right to call the shots on behalf of the electorate, he does not have that right, the people spoke the conservative have the largest number of seats, the lib dems are doing themselves no favours, and if we have to undergo another election soon they will reap what they have sown, it is pathetic to watch our country running aground on rocks without a man on the tiller.

    get on with it even if it is a minority conservative government it is better than nothing Nick Clegg has no mandate to determine the government of this country


  • Comment number 26.

    The Lib Dems are very unlikely to come second in a general election any time soon. So if their first move whenever they become important (maybe as now, and in the previous Lib/Lab pact) is to throw in their towel with Labour, what is the point in their existence as a political party?

    I voted Lib Dem, but after the election hoped that they would overcome their differences with the Conservatives and form some kind of allegiance; the right of the Lib Dems and left of the Conservatives might make an excellent government. However, it seems that the left of the Lib Dems may have sunk the deal.

    It now looks like the Lib Dems just can't bring themselves to work with the Conservatives. For all their high-minded rhetoric, they would rather just prop up a tired Labour government in a coalition of losers.

    They may as well all join the Labour party and stop pretending that they are a serious choice for the electorate.

  • Comment number 27.

    Before the election I believed Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems to be a different, more honourable, party. Boy was I mistaken, they are worse than the others. They believe in a fairer system of voting but are prepared to negotiate with another party who were clearly told by the British people that they were not wanted. They have the opportunity to show the Uk that they will rise above historic differences and have a stable government where two young, dynamic, leaders work together to resolve the real issues facing this country today...the economy. In the scheme of things surely that takes priority over how we vote?

  • Comment number 28.

    There is a simple way now as it seems like just in the voting nobody really knows what is best for the country. The solution is for all MP's to work together for a set period of time to sort out the GB debt and social crisis and then to hold another election. That way we can see how each of the parties has contributed to the solutions of the problems and then we can all see who is better suited based on actions and not words.

  • Comment number 29.

    If Nick Clegg chooses Labour it will mean a government of those who lost the election. This is not what the electorate wanted and is as close to unconstitutional as makes no difference It will be short lived and thereafter he will return to the fringes and probably face a leadership election as Gordon Brown does and for the same reason. If he chooses Conservative he will have a chance to prove himself as one of the majority team and make a real difference. The good of the country, a phrase which has been hypocritically banded about by those with personal and party interests at heart, clearly demands that he go with the Party which came within an ace of an outright win. That is what the voters wanted. They do not want Brown, even for a few months. They do want change. Nick please listen to us the people, and move quickly to stop the rot.

  • Comment number 30.

    I think the Lib Dems should go with the 'Rainbow Coalition'. The mandate is there, just, and there's no way the Conservatives would honour any deal which they might wriggle out of. Cameron will just wait until he feels confident of a majority and then call a general election so he doesn't need to honour any major deals with the Lib Dems.

    A coalition with Labour (and the others) may well prove fragile, but this at least will prevent any really controversial legislation being passed, such as the unwanted ID cards. The Lib Dems will hopefully ensure that the deficit is tackled in a fair way and more quickly than under Labour alone. Some form of PR is the prize for the whole nation, and if it doesn't work then we can change in the future.

    I would consider changing my vote from Labour to the Lib Dems or perhaps the Greens under a PR type system, but not if they prop up Cameron.

  • Comment number 31.

    Whatever happens now Clegg has shown his true colours, and betrayed PR in so doing.

    All this deceit and double-dealing "In the National Interest"????

    Although its a travesty of the Election, the Tories should positively remove Clegg's options, walk away, and leave him to swing in a Government of the Losers.

  • Comment number 32.

    The constituion needs to be changed. Surely, if there is to be a coalition the party with the most votes must be part of it?? Any other coalition is un-democratic.

    By the way, those wanting PR would get the fun and games we've had over the last few days after every election.

  • Comment number 33.

    In 2012 will we be allowing third place athletes the decision on who gets the gold medal?

  • Comment number 34.

    Despite this being my first year of voting, I have always had a great interest in British Politics - this year just so happens to be the year I turned 18, a year of a Hung Parliament and my first year of voting.

    There are a lot of talks about a Lib-Lab or a Con-Lib coalition, the general view is that Lib Dems forming a government with Labour would mean supporting a losing party - thus Con-Lib being the only way to go.

    I agree with that view to a certain degree however, as a Liberal Democrat voter I believe it should go down to the public vote. I believe a public vote for who Lib Dem's will form a government with, will not reflect the general election what so ever. traditional labour supporters won't want a con-lib coalition, even regular conservative voters won't want a con-lib coalition, surely they'd want a Lab-Lib coalition so there is another general election this year - thus giving the Tories another chance to gain a majority.

    Liberal Democrat voters like myself don't want a Cob-Lib coalition because it's like putting chalk with cheese in a dinner. It just doesn't work.

    Lab-Lib still isn't perfect but at least Labour will have a new leader, hopefully David Milliband - this will bring a new trust to the government. Liberal and Labour have a lot more common ground.

    Whatever happens - I really hope 'when' Conservatives form a government with the Liberal Democrats that they don't break up the BBC and start laying rules/regulations to prevent Rupert Murdoch from creating even more of a monopoly in the Media Industry.

    As a Film/TV director I can't afford to watch the media being screwed up even more so by someone who has a lot to answer for. Rupert Murdoch people, practically control the Conservatives.

    In future elections lets vote for our public tv broadcaster and not let Rupert Murdoch ruin what I call 'the best broadcaster in the UK' BBC serve us, the people of Britain. Sky serve Rupert Murdoch, his bank balance.

  • Comment number 35.

    L for Liberals L for Labour
    L for Lemmings over a cliff

  • Comment number 36.

    I did not vote for a labour government and neither did the majority of the electorate. For the sake of the country Gordon Brown should not have resigned as Labour leader until the negotiations had concluded with the Liberals and Conservatives. How is it democratic to consider forming a government without the party with the highest share of the vote? How is it democratic to consider SSNP and Plaid Cymru that are already involved in devolved government to sit in government over the rest of the UK? Will it be democratic to form a lib lab pact without an elected Labour leader again? This is not democracy at work but shabby politics with a party clinging onto power assisted it appears by a party with a lower number of seats than previous with their main agenda being PR rather than the stability of the Country. If they ignore the electorate they will pay the price at the next election which I think will be very soon if this is an example of coalition government at work.

  • Comment number 37.

    Whilst, changing the voting system is important, I hope that the LibDems remember that their core principles include the protection of Rights, Freedoms and Liberties.

    Whilst I don't like the Conservatives, and they attacked our Rights and Liberties when they were last in Government, the Labour Party has also attacked our Rights and Liberties (and because of that I don't like the Labour Party either).

    In the Conservatives favour, their manifesto seemed to be more concerned with Rights and Liberties than the Labour Party's (but that wasn't hard to do), and they did gain more votes and seats.

    I, personally, would like to see a different voting system but I think the operation of the Rule of Law is more important so, if it were up to me, I would sacrifice the voting system for better protections for citizens.

  • Comment number 38.

    If this shows nothing else, it demonstrates that it is time for England, Wales and Scotland to be separated in terms of General Elections. While the two smaller countries have their own assemblies and do not want to be governed by a primarily English party (Conservatives), the English have ONLY the Westminster Parliament and must live with the typically opposite choices made by the Welsh and Scots leaving us unable to form a proper majority government.

  • Comment number 39.

    There is a clear mandate for the centre-left parties to work together in a coalition - over 16 million votes to the 11 million of the centre-right. David Blunkett is quite wrong to describe it as a coalition of the defeated. In terms of a programme for economic stability, the economic strageties of the Lib. Dems and Labour are clearly closer in content.

  • Comment number 40.

    If the last few days are anything to go by then I do not want anything to do with PR in any form. It appears to me that the Lib Dems are more concerned with what they can get out of an agreement with Conservatives or Labour than they are with the current financial situation of this country. Come on you lot GET A GRIP!

  • Comment number 41.

    All three main parties should have cabinet positions which reflect the number of votes they received. The country is divided; the cabinet, which are the only positions that truly matter, should reflect this. Times of crisis like the current ecopnomic one require carefully thought out decisions, so coalitions and negotiation are good! We don't need more knee-jerk reactions and impulse news-worthy politics.

  • Comment number 42.

    Despite the economic crisis. Despite pre-election messages of a new style of politics, the Lib Dems are now focusing on electoral reform and horse trading for a share of power. This is not what the people of this country want. They want leadership and direction to take us into economic stability.

    Doesn't this highlight the fact they have few hard policies and are obsessed with the process of government, not the deliverables?

    I believe the best result will come from a second election when the electorate will be better informed as to the true nature of the parties.

  • Comment number 43.

    There has been much talk of a rainbow coalition having a majority. This is true for the UK, however in England the Tories have a clear majority.

    This mean that the one country in the Union not to have its own governance is completely disenfranchised.

    On UK matters it could be argued that it is perfectly reasonable for nationalist parties and members of UK parties from devolved countries to be part of a UK parliament.

    But what about devolved matters, Education,health, police etc, where the English MPs have no say, quite rightly in what happens in Scotland, Wales, NI?

    Labour and Lib Dems would rely on MPS from the devolved countries to overturn the English majority in order to pass legislation relating to England only, which represents the majority of the business of parliament. This hasn't mattered up till now because of Labour's large majority, but it is highly relevant now

    It is hardly progressive, nor it is democratic or equitable. It is hardly an advertisement of the sort of "new" politics and the advantages of PR, it would suggest that England could be permanently disenfranchised, and it would seem likely this could backfire spectacularly at the next election under what ever system it was fought

  • Comment number 44.

    Whilst a hung parliament is what we got the public still overwhelmingly indicated by votes that the Conservatives were preferable to Labour. Whilst not a huge fan of Cameron I would be devastated to see this democratic country seat Labour, in whatever guise for another term in office. Whether Gordon Brown is in office or not, Labour have lead to the demise of this country financially, have been willing to place an unelected leader in a prime ministerial position and now seek to do the same by the Lab-Lib coalition. I think the most damaging coalition the Liberals will ever make for themselves is that with Labour. They will be feeding the same mistrust and undemocratic behaviour Labour has demonstrated for years. The only true way forward is a Conservative Liberal Coalition, or the Conservatives in a minority government. Labour do not deserve to lead this country. The people demonstrated that with votes.

  • Comment number 45.

    They should be working for Great Britain thats what we pay them for so the winning party should form the government.I am not a Conservative voter but the majority are.And all the backroom negotiations should be recorded and brought into the Public domain so we can see what sort of people are running this country

  • Comment number 46.

    What marvellous entertainment. Why don't the Premier League follow this example, and have the third placed side deciding who's champions at the end of the season ?. Shambles.

  • Comment number 47.

    Lets face it...there is no need for Labour to woo the Lib Dems. The Lib Dems are the Covert Labour Party and they can now shrug off their fake facade of trying to do a deal with the Conservatives and go with their Mother Party. Gordon Brown stepping aside has given them their get-out-of-jail-free card.

  • Comment number 48.

    It should be with the Tories, otherwise he yet again will be going back on his own words, and, in three papers today it is reported that 90% odf his party vote for going with David Cameron. Clegg has got to be careful with the Prince of Darkness and the slimeball (Campbell) both unelected and high quality parasites involved, he could be quietly set aside after the decision was made. LOSERS ALL!

  • Comment number 49.

    Let me see if I've got this right :
    We'll have an unelected Labour prime minister back in Number 10 after he lost an election, supported (potentially) by an unelected third party who've demanded that the unelected prime minister resign and be replaced in six months by another unelected (by the country) prime minister, that this country didn't vote for...
    One of the first things the original unelected Labour prime minister will do is introduce a voting system that 76% of the country didn't vote for, to give more power to the least popular major party.

  • Comment number 50.

    Conservative and Liberal Democrat principles and policies are so far out of line that a coalition between them cannot be stable, albeit that it would, seen as a single body, have a majority of votes.

    Whereas a coalition of Liberal Democrats and Labour, with greater overlaps of policies and values, would be stable. And despite having an ostensible minority of votes in its own right, it is virtually certain that on a great many matters such a coalition would have the support of the nationalist parties needed to implement policies.

  • Comment number 51.

    Clegg and the Lib Dems might destroy themselves if they now back a Labour/Nationalist coalition. Not only will it not be stable,it will ignore the overwhelming feelings of English voters and we will be stuck AGAIN with an un-elected Prime Minister. If they make this choice they will probably hand the conservatives a majority when we go to the polls again in a year (if a coalition lasted that long), and the Lib Dems will probably lose more seats.

  • Comment number 52.

    I am deeply concerned that this situation is dragging on - the interests of the country are best served by allowing those who came first in the election organise a government. Nick Clegg's reactions on Friday were correct in that the Conservatives have the right to attempt to form a government - but not to radically alter the terms upon which they won 306 seats.
    No Conservative voted for the compromises now being discussed without any mandate.
    We claim our political system is an example the world - what now do other world leaders think about the scramble to take or retain power at any cost - it undermines all we have stood for.
    No-one comes out of this with their reputation intact. No wonder so many want to leave this appalling place!

  • Comment number 53.

    The polls before election day suggested that the LibDems were on a roll.
    I suspect that their drop in actual votes cast, in comparison with the opinion polls, was because the electorate could not stomach the thought of another Labour term.
    It might also be assumed that a lot of LibDem votes were from frustrated 'Old Labour' supporters and that a lot of 'NuLab' voters drifted back to the conservatives.
    If it were not for the anticipated headlong dive into integration with Europe, I would suggest that Cameron stand back and let a LibLab coalition mess the country up even more than it is already, and expect to wipe them out next time, perhaps sooner than later.
    Apart from the Europe issue, this was an election worth losing, perhaps.

  • Comment number 54.

    If the Lib Dems go back on their word to work with the party that gained the most votes then they are as bad as the Labour party. Gordon Brown should have conceeded defeat by now and accepted that the country do not want him to govern.

  • Comment number 55.

    the lib dems and labour might not need all THAT much help with a majority from the nationalists - who'd bet that a tory party faced with another five yearrs in opposition followed by an election under new rules would manage to hold itself together long enough to mount an opposition to ANYTHING? Come on, they'd be too busy imploding!

  • Comment number 56.

    I think the Tories should give the Lib Dems an ultimatum and walk away if it's not accepted. We will then have a Lab-Lib coalition which will end up not working, a new election will be called within a year, and this time the Tories will get the majority they need. Don't be held to ransom, Mr Cameron.

  • Comment number 57.

    It is pretty apparent to all but the fanatical support that not one of the three parties is fit to govern. They couldn't organise a pen and pencil let alone a Union divided by countries, parties, cultures, and incomes.

    A minority government led by Cameron would be a fitting tribute to political incompetence honed over three decades of fighting over the same ground. It may actually demonstrate the complete lack of depth to any of our so called leaders. It was a facile and fatuous campaign and election which lead to a facile and fatuous result. Well, what a surprise.

    A very large broom, a big can of fumigant, and constant cleaning is required to get this tired bunch of incompetents out of circulation for good. If that needs a revolution on our streets then so be it.

    Citizens of the UK deserve better, much better, than this band of ne'er do wells.

  • Comment number 58.

    I was toying with the idea of voting Lib Dem. I am so glad I didn't as they appear to be ignoring the Countries interest in favour of their own interests (voting reform). They are not to be trusted, which is a real shame.

  • Comment number 59.

    No-one should work with the Lib-Dems, they've had their chance they should instead do the honourable thing and allow the Tories to govern as a minority government with a proviso that another election can take place in 1-2 years time.

  • Comment number 60.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 61.

    It seems to me AND many others that the LIB DEM are messing about
    If they cannot arrive at a decision on this issue HOW will they EVER be able to decide ANY other issue that should arrive whilst as government
    Whether it be Labour OR Conservatives they are serving with

  • Comment number 62.

    Seems like the Single Vote belongs to Nick Clegg and he seems to be determined to demonstrate exactly how Transferable it is.

  • Comment number 63.

    How can Lib Dem even consider working with Tories?

    This is an example of how they crave power more than they honour their principles. I'm very glad I didn't vote Lib Dem, I would feel betrayed.

  • Comment number 64.

    Seeing as the LIb Dems finished 3rd, they shouldn't really be working with anyone.

    What we need is a Lab-Con coalition! Make the children talk to each other and behave properly. The only reason they won't do it is for daft, immature "we aren't talking to them" reasons.

    If they had a coalition, then only the changes that are really in OUR interest will get through, otherwise the daft ideas will be cancelled out.

    And yes, I know I am living in a fantasy land.

  • Comment number 65.

    Nick Clegg said he would not play kingmaker, yet that is exactly what he is doint.

    He has been given a mandate by the British public to form the most stable goverment. The Conservative and Lib-Dem vote share is 59% of the country.

    If thats not a big enough hint for Nick i don't know what would be.

  • Comment number 66.

    It's time the Lib Dems stopped messing about and make a decision before the public start to lose patience. The Tories won the most seats in the House, gaining nearly 100 whilst Labour lost 100 seats and the Lib Dems lost seats aswell. Trying to force the issue of PR is not on, if the public wanted it they would have given the Lib Dems more backing but they didn't. We cannot have a coalition of losers running this country so support the Tories and get on with it Lib Dems!

  • Comment number 67.

    There is nothing pathetic about Gordon Brown's conduct as some of your posters have called it. Only pathetic conduct is of our press the likes of Murdoch Press, Telegraph etc who have tried their best to discredit Gordon Brown through smears and blatant lies. It is about time we stop the press from supporting political parties in any shape or form. So it should apply to the so called pandit. Obejective reporting and comments should only be permitted. To my mind it was completely wrong for any parts of the press to declare blatant support for political party just before the election. The press should keep thier Gob shut while negotiations between the parties are going on.

  • Comment number 68.

    The Tories obviously as at least if it is Lib-Con then you have a left and right wing keeping the balance but if the Alliance take over then you have a Government that is Centre all the way to the left of almost communism and then this country will be held to ransom by the very small minority governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. England makes up 90% of the British population and they voted with a Torie Majority and when you add all the other countries they do not have a majority but still have more seats than any other party. I thought that the Liberals said that it should be in the interest of the people and the voter, well the voter did not vote for all the left wing parties to govern this country and as 90% of the population cannot vote for the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish parties how is this fair that they take over. Even if you vote for Labour, surely you cannot think that it is a good idea for England to be governed by all the minority countries. This is turning into a dictatorship, with a losing party still trying to hold onto power and trying to guarantee that the Tories never get back in even if the English want them to. I think that if these countries insist on voting in our elections, their parties should not affect the government at Westminster unless in England there is a hung parliament. So if Labour have a majority in England then they should be in Government at Westminster, or if the Conservatives do then they should be in government. If no party has a majority in England then the one with the most votes can look at parties from Scotland etc. and try and form another government. This is nonsense that the losing party who completely lost in the country that holds 90% of the population gets to still try and form a government. I still think that England should be the only country that votes for a Westminster Parliament. This system is grossly unfair.

  • Comment number 69.

    If the lib Dems go to Labour they effectively sell out the English to the Scots, Welsh & Irish. This plus their love of Europe may come back to haunt them. Voters have long memories!
    Nelson's famous signal at Trafalgar springs to mind "England expects...."

  • Comment number 70.

    They should work with the Labour Party

    Then we'll have

    SNP + Plyd + Alliance + Green holding the balance of power.

    Lots of cuts for the English - protection for everywhere else.

    In the next election we'll have a massive Conservative majority and the Lib-Dems will be reduced to nothing - or maybe a breakup of the UK.

    I am all for a devolved England now - the rest of the UK seems not respect us or want us. The feeling is now more Mutual.

  • Comment number 71.

    No matter who the LibDems go with, for the first time ever the government to represent the majority of voters. However on key issues such as Voting reform and the EU the LibDems are much closer to Labour, on these issues it is clear, the majority of the UK supports the UK being in Europe and voting reform.

  • Comment number 72.

    I think the Lib Dems should build a strong stable government with the Tories. I'm not a fan of the Tories, but they got the most votes and the most seats.

    A weak lab-lib government will fail and the Lib dems still won't get the reforms they want.

    They need to grow up and realise they'll have far more participation and responsibility in government with the Tories than they've had in years.

    Labour is a tired old party and needs to be sidelined while they lick their wounds and rebuild.

  • Comment number 73.

    Please let it be Labour... I'm only 50, so have never seen a Labour Gov not spending like there is no tomorrow.

    They left the country in a mess back in the 70's and the Conservatives are still suffering from the tough stance required to sort it out....

    This time I'd like to see labour with a hand in the bad times

    We'll get another chance to vote before the year end anyway and it'll be worth it in the long run

  • Comment number 74.

    I'm just wondering when Nick 'Yojimbo' Clegg is going to start wearing a poncho.

  • Comment number 75.

    There is nothing pathetic about Gordon Brown's conduct as some of your posters have called it. Only pathetic conduct is of our press the likes of Murdoch Press, Telegraph etc who have tried their best to discredit Gordon Brown through smears and blatant lies. It is about time we stop the press from supporting political parties in any shape or form. So it should apply to the so called pundits. Objective reporting and comments should only be permitted. To my mind it was completely wrong for any parts of the press to declare blatant support for political party just before the election. The press should keep their Gob shut while negotiations between the parties are going on

  • Comment number 76.

    If the Liberal Democrats decide to align themselves to the Labour party - a party which has lost the confidence of the British people, then they will effectively destroy any standing they have with the British electorate. While I did not vote for the Conservatives they only fell 20 seats short of a majority and in my mind have the basis to form the next Government. Propping up a lame duck Government will do nothing but anger the voting public, regardless of who the new leader is.

  • Comment number 77.

    The Conservatives. Any pact with Labour will involve paying Danegeld to the Irish, Scots and Welsh for as long as the government lasts.

  • Comment number 78.

    I think that Lib Dem's should get into bed with Labour, just to see Sky's Adam Boulton completely loose the plot. BTW Is he on a retainer for getting "Call me Dave" into Number 10?

  • Comment number 79.

    With a potentail Tory/LibDem government, the £ went up by $0.03 and interest rates went down. Then LibDem start talks with Labour and the £ goes down again by $0.03 and interest rates go up again.
    For the stability of the economy, low interest rates and growth in employment, the only viable proposition is Tory/LibDem.
    Anything else will be catastrophic.

  • Comment number 80.

    I don't know. However quickly the Government is currently overspending by lots, some say £500,000 per day so the sooner the better. The proviso is that they stop overspending now. I really don't want to be in the hands of American Hedge Funds and Middle East Sovereign Wealth Funds thank you

  • Comment number 81.

    The Conservative Party have a majority in England, so why not an English parliament?, as the others have their own. Unfair on England if the SNP dictate to Dorset, as we do not have a say in their country.

  • Comment number 82.

    Some labour politicians and supporters keep popping up and saying that Labour and the Lib Dems combined polled 52% of the vote which gives them democratic legitimacy in a coalition, however, a Tory/ Lib Dem coalition would represent the votes of nearly 60% of the electorate isn't that more legitimate?
    I have no doubt we will end up with a Lib Lab pact supported by minority parties in Scotland and Wales (on condition of course that England is made to bear the brunt of the public spending cuts), given that this means we will also end up with PR, I am reconciled to the likelihood that this is all we will ever get in my lifetime I only hope for the sake of my country that they can provide good government....

  • Comment number 83.

    The people clearly voted to give the tories a chance at power, but with the caveat to cooperate with another party. That party is obviously the Liberals. If Clegg turns his back on the majority vote and joins with labour it will be seen as a smack in the face of voters. If he does that I can say right now the liberals will never see a chance at power again. There will be an election within 2 years and this time the tories will gain absolute power.

  • Comment number 84.

    Brown's decision to stand down was pure posturing, in short a bribe to Clegg. There is no guarantee he will do so and in any case Labour MPs will now focus their attention on a new leader and not on the matter in hand. ie, reducing the deficit asap.

    The country needs a stable government for the long term with a credible plan to show the markets that the deficit will be tackled as a matter of urgency.

    This will NOT be achieved under Labour and wouldn't have been even if it had won the election.

    Mr Clegg, if you are sincere in wanting the best for the country, join with the Conservtives with that aim in mind. it will work.

  • Comment number 85.

    The BBC airwaves seem to be jammed with Left Liberal and Labour activists ranting against any kind of Lib-Con agreement. When are we going to get some balance here?
    More people in this country voted Conservative than for any other single party.If we marched to demand our rights, London would come to a standstill.You can't disenfranchise the single biggest bloc vote in the UK - Conservative voters- by cobbling together some patchwork alliance of mavericks pushing their own fringe interests.
    The BBC is showing its true colours in its coveragte of this story. ITN was the mainstream news outfit offering truly Independent coverage last night, and as Tom Bradby said - there's something rather 'dirty' about this latest turn of events.

  • Comment number 86.

    Seriously what is going on....we have had a Prime Minster no-one voted for and now at this rate we are going to end up with a government formed of all the losing parties; if that's the case why even bother having voting?

  • Comment number 87.

    We should have another vote and take the LibDems off the ballot paper

  • Comment number 88.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 89.

    Clearly the leaders haven't been listening to the electorate again. Secret debates, delay and political party priority in front of the electors and national interest priority. Do the Lib-Dems honestly think the electorate will have any respect for them if they join Labour - it wil be over in 3 months - people will take to the streets in disgust - start listening and now!

  • Comment number 90.

    In my view the fairest way forward is for the lib dems to form a government using all the minority parties. That way we the british electorate can be held responsible for getting our country back to a calm state of government.
    The problems simply won’t go away in the eyes of the press who will viciously attack such a move. But realistically if the Tory Party with all the powers of the gutter and main press agencies cannot win an outright majority then they have no moral or political right to form a government.
    I think the Tories won the ‘spite and malice’ vote but lost the ‘will of the people’ vote.
    I have not heard Trident project mentioned, wonder why?
    David Cameron, a sight in knightly armour, meanwhile should remain leader of the opposition as he is good at throwing sharp words across the line and destabilising people’s belief in elected government.

  • Comment number 91.

    If Lib Dems sign on with labour we will get a continuation of Labour in power at the expense of huge regional grants to keep the minor powers on board. Who will pay - English voters!

    If Lib Dems do this they know they will suffer a backlash in the votes next time but hope to be saved by the new 'PR' voting system offered by a referendum.

    Don't hold out for a referendum cos they might smell that the voters might now reject it. We will get a stitch up PR 'law' in parliament, typical of labour aimed at keeping the Conservatives out of power forever.

    Goodbye to what's left of British Democracy.

    Will the last one out turn out the lights. Please.

  • Comment number 92.

    Loads of Tories on here pretending to be Lib Dem voters, and giving advice to Nick Clegg - hilarious!!

    When you understand what democracy is, then by all means carry on.

  • Comment number 93.

    I think a LIB LAB Deal is the most representative of the Electorates wishes as the Tory Party only received 36.1 of the total turnout which means that the large majority did not want them. Also if the LIBS are so much a representative Parliament they must respect the will of the Majority and place the tories as the main losers.

  • Comment number 94.

    The Lib dems should not sign up for a coalition which relys on SNP votes. There is already concern about the 'West Lothian' question and that would make it a million times worse.

  • Comment number 95.

    I will have lost all respect for the Lib Dems if they go with Labour.

    Grow up and prove you have the right to govern! I voted Lib Dem with the idea that Clegg would honour his promise that he would support whomever had the most votes and the most seats. I do not like the Tories and could not bear to vote for them, but Labour needs to go for a season.

    Gordon wasn't the only stumbling block. There is Mandy and Campbell and the list goes on. They are cynical spinmeisters with no substance. The emperor has no clothes! Labour needs to rebuild itself and work on its own structures until it has something useful to offer the nation again besides smoke and mirrors.

  • Comment number 96.

    As a Lib Dem voter I am dismayed that Nick Clegg and his MP's have begun talks with Labour over the formation of a coalition government. After 13 years of Labour misrule, broken promises and a clear message from the electorate that it wants change, this decision, rather than being "for the good of the country" smacks of naked self interest. If as commentators are suggesting, a guarantee of PR is the carrot being used to lure the Lib Dems into bed with Labour then this is totally undemocratic. If we are to change the voting system it should be after a referendum of the electorate and not as part of a deal to prop up a government clearly rejected at the recent election. If Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems do deal with Labour, they are thumbing their noses at the wishes of the people and this will not be forgotten. Clegg runs the risk of condeming the Lib Dems to the dustbin of history,

  • Comment number 97.

    i am a lib dem and what is happening is wrong. david cameron won the election he would have with PR and for all these polatitions to say noone won is just an attempt to cling to power. what is happening is not in the best interest for our country and nick clegg should end this now, form a government with the david caneron now to sort out the economy and when that is dont have another election and let the country decide. this faffing around is going to loose lib dems more seats in the long run because it just shows that we cant come togeather as a party and make the right decition.

  • Comment number 98.

    I am not impressed with this situation at all. I feel as a voter my vote is being 'fashioned' by all this skulduggery going on behind closed doors in order to achieve a coalition government that I didn't vote for. I want another election

  • Comment number 99.

    It's still not clear what the tories are offering on electoral reform, if it's the AV voting system then the Lib Dems should turn doen that offer, regardless of whether they do a deal, a referendum on AV voting system could actually delay a move to proportional representation because it's generally recognised that people get turned off by too many referenda so regardless of what happens in parliament, like a General Election which the Tories lose for instance, they'd need to wait before having a second referendum on PR.

  • Comment number 100.

    I voted LibDem because I see them as the only credible advocates of comprehensive political reform, and because I am thoroughly alarmed by Conservative proposals to slash public spending while the economic recovery is still fragile. But I also want progressive governance, and so the idea of a Lib-Lab coalition is as appealing as the idea of LibDems in Cabinet with a bunch of smug Tories is appalling.

    But then along come David Blunkett and Tom Harris to remind me that the Labour party still contains enough splenetic tribalists to scupper any progressive alliance. And Caroline Lucas instantly disappoints by continuing in election mode to say ‘it’s all or nothing, and don’t rely on me’.

    So I very reluctantly conclude that, in the national interest, the LibDems will have to accept the offer of a coalition with the Conservatives and trust that Cameron et al. are honourable enough to work in an honest and collegial way through a 4-year parliament. This would leave the Labour modernizers 4 years to lay the foundations of a true progressive alliance and to consign the tribalists to festering irrelevance.


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