Op-Ed: Political pundits and pollsters in the UK are convinced that no political party will win a big enough majority in the May 2015 general election to form a government without a little help from others. If they have that right a coalition government could be on the cards with some strange political bedfellows.
In early January the Guardian reported that David Cameron had twice refused to rule out a Tory Ukip coalition government.
That will be a frightening prospect unless you are a hard-right political supporter; such possible coalitions show the desperation of Cameron to retain power and of others looking to form a government.
Coalitions sometimes suit the people as one partner may temper the toughest policies of the other. A Tory Ukip coalition would be hard right politics all the way with both parties’ wealthy donors and supporters getting richer off the back of the rest of the electorate.
The UK always had various political parties it but was basically a two-party system until recently. Back and forth it went between Labour and the Tories with the Conservatives usually winning through.
Previous personal character assassinations of Labour's Michael Foot and Neil Kinnock hit home and neither was successful when it came to a general election. As the Tory election campaign officially got underway in January similar attacks on Ed Miliband began in the hope they would mess with people's minds; that only happens if you allow it.
There is no doubt pre-election deals are being done behind closed doors.
An earlier Guardian report claimed "David Cameron and Nigel Farage have refused to rule out a deal between the Conservatives and Ukip after the election. The prime minister was twice asked whether he would ever align with Ukip on the BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show, but dodged the question, saying he would not comment on any potential combinations before the election. Cameron also suggested a Tory-led government could try to hold an early referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union – a move that would satisfy the Eurosceptic right of the Conservatives and potentially smooth the path for a deal with Ukip."
While other pundits do not envisage Ukip winning enough seats to make a difference and form a coalition we should never underestimate the power of floating voters and the impact of voter apathy.
Floating voters tend to swap about ultimately voting for the party that offers the biggest carrot; whether that carrot is real or fake will not matter. That will not be revealed until after the election.
Apathy has hit huge areas of the UK with some well-meaning political activists encouraging non-participation at the polls. But that of course helps the political ambitions of the Tories and Ukip.
Who holds the balance of power will be crucial.
Both the Tories and Ukip have rich election chests, and some donors probably supporting both. Ukip after all is the alternative Tory party with its only seats in British parliament to date coming by way of defecting Tories.
Even Ukip leader Nigel Farage was just another Tory till he parted company with the Conservatives after disagreement on the EU.
Sunday it seemed clear that the Liberal Democrats will be prepared to play the prostitute and prop up any government that will have them for the right deal. That would surely mean the Liberal Democrat party have no true politics. Later however leader Nick Clegg ruled out a Lib Dem coalition with Ukip.
The Tories obsessively plant a seed of doubt in voter's minds that the SNP and Labour will work together but refuse to discuss their five year coalition with the Liberal Democrats and any future alliance with others.
Most voters want their political party to form a government and not a coalition but the only way that will happen is if people have the courage of their convictions get out and vote and ignore the election campaign managers' mind manipulation.
Note: The cut-off date for registering to vote in May 2015 is Monday.