British Elections and Parties Review (British Elections and by Colin Rallings, Roger Scully, Jonathan Tonge, Paul Webb

By Colin Rallings, Roger Scully, Jonathan Tonge, Paul Webb

Containing contributions from prime names in British politics, this evaluation maintains to put up front-rank learn on events, elections and balloting behaviour in Britain.

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No surge to the right is found in terms of how voters perceived themselves along the left-right scale. There is nevertheless the possibility that shifts had occurred with respect to specific political issues and that the electorate had moved to the right along these issues. After some of the early statements by Fortuyn and in particular after the notorious interview in de Volkskrant that led to his break with Livable Netherlands, he was strongly associated with restrictive viewpoints on allowing asylum seekers into the country and demanding that immigrants adhere to Dutch values.

To supply Cabinet ministers they had to rely upon individuals who until their appointment (and in at least one case even afterwards) had been members of other political parties. With their leader having been assassinated, the party suffered seriously from a lack of leadership. The leader who had conducted the Cabinet formation negotiations was replaced, but later returned after his successor was dismissed. Two members of the caucus were expelled and formed their own group in parliament, as did the dismissed party leader.

Barring a massive increase in the strength of Fine Gael it remains hard to see any alternative to a Fianna Fáil led coalition, and barring a similar improvement in Labour’s fortunes it is also hard to see how a government led by even a resurgent Fine Gael could form. Like Italy’s Christian Democrats for so many years, and Sweden’s Social Democrats, Fianna Fáil’s strength, allied to its centrist position and a fragmented opposition, make it indispensable. Of course the graveyards of politics are full of those who were indispensable, as the Italian Christian Democrats found out when the party system was completely reformed in the wake of scandals that make our own look like children’s mischief.

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