U.K. Coalition Takes British Politics into “Uncharted Waters”

BY Hari Sreenivasan  May 12, 2010 at 9:21 AM EDT

Simon Marks, who has been covering the British elections for the PBS NewsHour, stopped by the Rundown to offer a preview of the political compromises that the Conservatives may have to make in order to maintain their coalition with the Liberal Democrats and keep Conservative leader David Cameron in No. 10 Downing Street, the U.K. prime minister’s residence.

“We’re sailing into uncharted waters here,” says Marks. “We have not seen a formal coalition government in the U.K. for a very long time. You are going to see an enormous amount of horsetrading between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats over key areas of policy. And no area of policy is more important to Liberal Democrats than electoral reform — changing the system of voting in the U.K.”