Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…

Yes, well. Election result pretty much as most people predicted: Labour back for a third term[1], Tony Blair still in power, but with a much reduced majority in the House of Commons. The Conservatives have gained some seats[2], and the Liberal Democrats have made a net gain of eleven seats, taking them to 59. Still not enough for them to be the real “third force” that they’re trying to be. Still another 25 or so results to come, but they’re not going to change the situation dramatically.

The theory is that with a reduced majority, Blair will have to pay more attention to the House of Commons (won’t take a lot of disgruntled back-benchers abstaining or voting against the government to give him a problem). I can’t say I’m convinced.

[1] Which is the first time the Labour party has managed that, so people who think things like that are significant will think that’s significant :rolleyes:
[2] But not that many, so there are some signs of sanity around