The term for today is hung parliament. The Canadians call it a “minority parliament.” This is a concept proponents of parliamentary government will have to come to grips with. An entry at BuzzMachine focuses on this development as a result of parliamentary elections in Germany:
SchroederÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s SPD gained at the last minute to come close to the conservative CDU. But neither has enough votes with its preferred partners to form a government. The CDU and the FDP had planned to form a coalition but now canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t: The CDU got 35.3 percent and the FDP 10 percent. No cigar. The SPD got 34.2 percent and its present partner, the Greens, got 8.1 percent. Still no cigar. SchroederÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s present coalition could bring in the FDP but DW says they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to join the left coalition. Also hanging out there are the new Left party (heavied up with former East German leftists) with 8.5 percent and the possibility of a grand coalition of the two opposing big parties.
My column for today is An Undeniable Bias. It speaks for itself, a comment I made to a comment gives the Reader’s Digest condensed version on what I think: Estrada is obviously sympatico, but he threw away his presidency. He didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t fight to keep it, and only made noise after. The government did him a favor by giving him a second lease on life by arresting him the way it did -it helped propel his wife and son to the senate. By now his trial should have been over, with a verdict, but we all know the process was delayed by both sides. Finally, Estrada represents the appeal of a particular kind of person to the masse -the person, or leader, who reflects many of the values and behavior they prefer (gambler, drinker, womanizer, generous with friends) in this he was sincere, and he is sincerely adored by his supporters. This is also why the upper class always hated him, he came from their ranks, but refused to keep his sins private. And in the end, you have to think: despite his being such a bad president, why do people seem to like him more than a president ten times smarter, a hundred times more hardworking? Well, one reason is maybe the lazy guy didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to steal an election.
Just remember, I do not regret being at Edsa Dos. And I stand by my view, that the targets of People Power yesterday, cannot be the beneficiaries of People Power tomorrow, which is perhaps one reason why we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have People Power today.
Fr. Joaquin Bernas has very strong words comparing the Venable deal to something close to treason. Billy Esposo has a revealing comparison of the President and Cory Aquino. Incidentally, courtesy of a mailing list, here’s an editorial by the Japan Times on the current political situation.
And since our time is limited today, here’s a bucket full of scuttlebutt from Newsboy. Read the part on who orchestrated the Garci Tapes release: Uncle Sam, ultimately to benefit Fidel Ramos and Speaker de Venecia (the plausibility I find in the rumor mill, as reported by Newsboy, is that it answers the puzzling political question of why the Speaker would kill the impeachment, removing all leverage over the President. Answer: because the Speaker has other leverage over the President, and that leverage seems to be kicking in with the actions of Uncle Sam). Speaking of cloak and dagger, Jove Francisco reveals he and some other journalists are still in the States awaiting the Spy vs. Spy revelations to come.