Political Matters - 5 June 1858

Very odd, the political situation in 1858.

I mean, take the current Prime Minister - the Earl of Derby's clinging on in a minority government. Seems to specialise in the things. They have an election every six years, then the Government falls every twelve months and they have to try and find another PM - normally the bloke before last, having another go.

Not like what I'm used to. It turns out that strong governments, with decent majorities delivered by the First Past the Post system, are a thing of the future. If I were still in 2010, I daresay David Cameron would be in with a stonking great Conservative majority by now. And, with a brand new government, Expenses scandals would be a thing of the past.

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