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Can the parliament simply appoint PM horrible twitching winger or is a new election necessary with Mr horrible twitching winger as the party leader for the Tories?

The situation reminds me of Italy during the Mani Pulite. But Murdoch is Australian right, so he could not do a Berlusconi and run his own party right? And besides his attempt at buying a football club failed, IIRC.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Mar 17th, 2013 at 04:20:39 AM EST
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Parties can change leaders at any time without an election. See e.g Major taking over from Thatcher or Brown taking over from Blair.

Murdoch doesn't need his own party, since effectively he owns them all.

The only possible political game changer is a Grillo-esque none-of-the-above party built from the bottom up. But that needs a charismatic and persuasive leader, and as yet there aren't any here.

So UKIP is collecting the anti-coalition protest vote on the right, and Nu Nu Labour are picking up the traditional left-leaning voters.

UKIP's Farage - one of the chancers - has already been to see Murdoch about a possible Tory/UKIP coalition at the next election.

That's an impossibility right now, if only because the Tories look down on UKIP as peasant oiks.

But it's perhaps not so unlikely if the Tories kick out Cameron and drift further right with someone like Gove at the head.

Basically UKIP could easily take over from the LibDems, collecting the protest votes and then stabbing their supporters in the back in exchange for power.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Mar 17th, 2013 at 06:14:26 AM EST
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Why you don't have a political/social column, I don't know - or maybe you have? You have the knack of brutal summarization.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Mar 17th, 2013 at 04:37:56 PM EST
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hear hear, though brutal is a bit strong.

dispassionate perceptions, elegantly (and wryly) expressed.

in one word, lucid.

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Mar 17th, 2013 at 05:48:15 PM EST
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I mean brutal in the sense, antagonistically, of not beating about the bush.  Lucid is a good word, but it doesn't quite encapsulate the full power of a TBG broadside.

But, as Zen advises us: "when you understand, you can leave the words behind."

I'm sort of demi-zen: half here and half somewhere else.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Mar 17th, 2013 at 06:23:53 PM EST
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