THEY’VE gone to the polls and the resutl: a "hung" Parliament. We’ll update media coverage here with latest items added at the top. Can victorious Tories form a government? Will Gordon Brown step down? Will ex-Nation intern Nick Clegg, whose party did not perform strongly in the end, turn out to be a powerbroker after all? Times below all ET in America.
1:00 PM: Simon Jenkins of the Times weighs in, via Huff Post, with Clegg in decision, if not decisive, mode.
11:40: "Do the deal, Dave," Spectator blogger advises. He means: give Clegg some cabinet seats. I liked tweet by Dave Weigel, now of Wash Post, today, to paraphrase: "Breaking: U.S. Supreme Court by 5-4 vote puts Tories in power." Hey, come on Brits, we had "hung" election for weeks back in 2000, and then even then got it wrong.
11:30 Our own Nate Silver blogs the morning-after. The Brits looked to him for the same kind of analysis he provides for U.S. races.
10:00 Cameron in speech offers "wide-ranging" deal with LibDems.
9:30 A full accounting of the "scandal’ of election day chaos at the polls (though old hat to Americans) from The Guardian.
9:20 The Spectator on Gordon Brown’s speech–he’s all over the map. Waiting on Cameron to negotiate with Clegg, but….just a "stall." He says Clegg should then talk to them and make a deal. Cameron about to speak.
7:30 The Guardian: Cameron to speak at 9:30 (NY time) on plans. You can find Clegg’s statement backing the Tory getting first shot. The Greens did end up electing first MP. "Scandal" continues over voters turned away at polls due to strong law about no-one-votes-after-10 p.m.
7:15 a.m. We awake in New York to find all but 28 seats declared and the late night scenario has come to pass: Tories with edge, LibDems underperforming but still holding balance of power. Clegg says Tories should have first chance to form government but sources say talks with them have gone nowhere. Some commentators declare Clegg should not be kingmaker due to disappointing outcome for him. Much more to come!
MIDNIGHT: 5 a.m. in London and now they know for sure that this is going to take some sorting out–but a pundit’s delight! See you in the morning, mates. Queston is: Will Tories come close enough to win that will be impossible for Labour and LibDems to deny? Or will final results show a narrow split, maybe a few more LibDem gains?