Local politics: As I wrote earlier, tensions were rising in our administration. This is fueled by the multi-party system we have here where it is always necessary to have more than one party in the administration to have a majority. It also forces compromises. Until something breaks of course.

Tonight something broke, and the connection with you people on the other side of the pond is Afghanistan. Our boys have been fooling around in Uruzgan for a couple of years and in 2007 it was decided enough was enough, and we would start to leave in 2010.  There is no majority, not amongst the people, nor in parliament to drag on there forever. Still, our smart ass right winged minister of foreign affairs (what you call secretary of state) pushed his own agenda and kept on leading to a formal request by NATO to stay. It is an unwritten law that NATO only issues such requests when it is absolutely certain that it will be granted, read, he made promises he couldn’t hold. Mild left wing coalition partner, who was arm-twisted into not criticizing the unlawful entry into Iraq (see that earlier link) decided last night enough was enough and there was no way they could support a longer stay against the earlier decision, parliament and peoples will.

This is the fourth time under this prime minister the administration does not run it’s constitutional four years. Now the common factor is….. oh wait! What will happen next:

  1. The queen has a few options (elections, minority cabinet or try glueing things up). Hard to see what that will be.
  2. We will be kicked out of the G-20 in no time (pushed by the US)
  3. Right wing will probably gain the most out of this, as the one pulling the plug is always blamed, and people stop thinking the moment they enter the voting booth anyway.

This country is quickly becoming the new political Italy of Europe. Insane.

Added: here’s the CNN take on it.

Added 22-02: I’ll add some progress here for those interested. Goes WAY different than in the US!

  • The administration will continue “watching the shop” only. The ministers that left will be replaces by members of the parties that did not resign, effectively leaving a minority cabinet. This needs some formal juggling, but it is what will happen.
  • The Queen has consulted the major political leaders (she must not have been amused, was on skiing holiday in Austria!).
  • Almost certainly new elections will be held, late May, beginning of June.

Oh, and we have municipal elections next week.