And they’re off! Parliament was dissolved at midnight, making Monday the official start of what is already a bitter and bad-tempered effort to win the minds, if not the hearts, of Britain’s undecided voters, who by most accounts make up close to 40 percent of the electorate. This election promises to be one of the most unpredictable British elections in recent times.
The heat of the election masks what appears to be a major change in British politics. All the pollsters and analysts suggest that Britain is on course for the first consecutive coalition governments since the early 1900s, or for a weak minority government that can command a majority in the House of Commons only with the support of minor or regional parties.
That is the expected result. But it remains quite uncertain whether the Conservative Party or the Labour Party will win the most seats and produce the next prime minister.