Following the results of the Mercian General Election last night, Kit McCarthy is delighted.
This will not be an unbiased article. The Mercian National Liberal Party has been forced out of government, defeated by two entirely new parties and a Green-Socialist Independent. As Baron von Uberquie said, ‘**** ****.’
I’m particularly pleased, because I was one of the two candidates for the new Social Democratic Party (SDP), and we both got elected. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are equally pleased, as they are now the second largest party, with three seats.
Following the announcement of the results, which saw NLP Count Frisch lose his Wibertsherne seat to the new coalition, fierce negotiations began.
It originally appeared that Green-Socialist Independent Baron von Uberquie would become First Minister, with Baron Whyatt as his deputy, but things soon changed. Whyatt became First Minister, with SDP Count Belcher his deputy.
The full Cabinet as it stands, is as follows:
DEPUTY FIRST MINISTER
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
MINISTER OF THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS AND DEFENCE
MINISTER OF CULTURE, SPORT, AND MEDIA RELATIONS
Baron von Uberquie
MINISTER OF CHARITY + COMMERCE
Following the announcement of the results, previous First Minister Cahill resigned as NLP leader. This is particularly interesting, as Cahill described the NLP as having lost an election. They failed to get a majority, but they are still the largest party, with five seats over the PDP’s three.
So, what does this mean for Mercia?
The first thing is that we’ve got a turnout problem. NLP Horatio Eden was elected, with no votes. Count Belcher was elected with one vote – his own. Come the next election, this will be a major problem for the coalition.
Secondly, the Mercian political scene has shifted dramatically, almost without anyone noticing. We’ve gone from a largely religious right-wing liberal approach, to a secular left-wing social democratic one.
One of the first things sure to happen is a major separation of church and state, largely driven by the PDP, who have campaigned for a referendum on the matter. There will also certainly be major economic moves, including the probable creation of a new currency and central bank.
The SDP in particular will also be campaigning for greater international activity, which may help open Mercia up to the wider community.
The first Parliament of the term will be coming any day now…