Struggling for power says The Economiist
As Conservatives and Lib Dems keep talking, Britain still has no new government
May 9th 2010 From The Economist online
DAVID CAMERON, Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg, the leaders of Britain’s three main political parties, appeared in public together, at a ceremony to commemorate Victory in Europe day, on Saturday May 8th. But behind the public decorum, a fierce and urgent struggle for the right to form the next government is continuing.
Later on the 8th Mr Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party, and Mr Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, met privately in central London. On Sunday morning teams of negotiators appointed by the two men convened in talks facilitated by the civil service. The purpose is to see whether the two parties can reach an agreement that would enable a new government to be formed—following the general election on May 6th that, for the first time in Britain since 1974, returned a hung parliament, in which no party has overall control of the House of Commons.