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Opinion: Lessons of the UK election (so far)

Britain's politicians, constitutional "experts" and press all need to get out more.

That is wrong, he told his readers confidently. Oh, no. They were right. My theory about why the press has been wrong is that they are cut from the same establishment cloth as the country's constitutional "experts" and inhabit the same bubble as the politicians ... They all need to get out more.

As proof of how the press is heading for a breakdown if they have to spend another 24 hour cycle gassing about events when they have no idea how this thing is going to play out I refer readers here. It is Adam Boulton of Sky News completely losing it while discussing the latest turn of events with Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former spinmeister and top message man of the Labour Party. The good stuff happens about 4 minutes in but watch the whole clip for context.

Two things to know: Sky News is owned by Rupert Murdoch and Boulton is married to Tony Blair's former appointment secretary, Anji Hunter. Boulton and Campbell know each other outside the office. Dignity. Dignity.


Anyone who says they know with certainty what will happen next in this saga is lying ... I can see a Labour Lib Dem coalition propped up by a couple of smaller nationalist parties. I can also see David Cameron digging his heels in and demanding the keys to number 10 Downing Street  — he did get more votes and seats than any other party. He could claim that gives him a mandate to rule with a minority government. Then we get into a who blinks first scenario.

At least David Boies and James Baker in Bush v. Gore had a Supreme Court to argue in front of. Here it will be constitutional "experts" making the call.