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Do coalition governments have a mandate?


There has been a debate in the public as to whether the current Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition has a mandate from the electorate. If you look at how the system works then the answer is of course not. It would also be correct to say that no government has a mandate from the electorate as the electorate does not elect government.

The people give the mandate to parliament. It is parliament that then elect the government which is why when no party has a majority in parliament that coalitions happen.

Instead of having a referendum on the voting system, with a considerable lack of choice in the question, would it not be better to have the debate in the country & in parliament as to who we the people give that mandate too?

As with everything in our constitution, it is integrated with several other issues which makes it impossible to look at any single part without having to look at the consequences for the rest of the constitution which begs another question – should we the people take a long look at the constitution & decide how we want to be governed?

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