No, not that kind of meat loaf! But it's a lovely image, and copyright free 🙂
Another fascinating week in the world of British politics has been dominated by the discussion over who would become PM in the event of an anti-No Deal "Government of National Unity".
Jo Swinson, the newly-elected Liberal Democrat leader, caused outrage on Wednesday when she declared that the Lib Dems could not support Corbyn as the leader of any coalition government. "But he's the LOTO - the Leader of the Opposition!" cried Corbyn's supporters. "Maybe so", she replied, "but he's too divisive a figure to have enough support from Lib Dems, Scottish Nationalists and Tories to maintain a government." Instead she proposed that a GNU be led by Kenneth Clarke, the 80-year old Tory "Father of the House" and arch-Remainer, or Labour's veteran MP Harriet Harman.
By Friday leading Tory Remainers had confirmed her view. "I could not support a Corbyn government, end of", said Caroline Spelman. David Gauke noted "if anyone thinks Jeremy Corbyn is the answer, they're probably asking the wrong question".
The debate has led to the creation of a new meme "Meat Loaf" Remainers, a reference to his 1993 Number One single "I Would Do Anything For Love, But I Won't Do That."
So is Swinson right? Or are Corbyn's supporters correct when they insist that as Opposition leader, Corbyn is the natural leader of any coalition government?
Well, if history is any guide, she may have a point. There is a historical precedent for becoming PM without being leader of a Party. Winston Churchill became PM of a Conservative-Labour coalition in May 1940 despite not being Conservative leader - he only became Party leader in October that year following the death of Neville Chamberlain.
Conversely the most recent UK Coalition government of 2010-15 was led by the Conservative leader David Cameron, so Corbyn's supporters can argue there is also precedence for their man to lead a coalition.
Whether the opposition parties manage to agree upon an alternative PM will be one of the fascinating questions over the coming weeks.
In the world of Number Ten, the big news is that as of this week I am now able to devote at least some of my working time to development! My employers have kindly agreed to a part-time arrangement, giving me two days a week to focus entirely on the app. Being able to work on the game for more than a couple of hours a week has already made a huge difference. I would still love to get the game released this year but early 2020 looks more realistic. Thanks for your patience, hope to be able to share more regular updates with you from now on. Any suggestions or ideas for features you would like to see in the game, please don't hesitate to ask!
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