David Blackburn

34 percent  think a hung parliament is in the country’s best interests

34 percent  think a hung parliament is in the country’s best interests
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It would be news if the Tory lead didn’t contract every Sunday. James has already noted the latest retreat in the Tory lead, detailed in the Sunday Telegraph's ICM poll. Tory poll contractions are the new banking bailouts - so numerous you scarcely notice them. What struck me about this poll is the large minority who want a hung parliament. Not just those who think such an outcome is likely, but actively seek its realisation - 34 percent according to this poll.

I do not understand this impulse. Coalition and co-operation are laudable but, as the recent care row proves, fanciful aims. Other than fighting World Wars, modern British politics has struggled to accomodate coalitions. The Tories are losing support to the Liberals on the theoretical attractions of a hung parliament. The media needs to scrutinise the inscrutable ying and yang of Liberal policy, but if they Tories are to win outright (which I still think the most likely outcome), they must also bring more guns to bear on Clegg.