By: Ashlee Wilson | Mon 04 May 2015, 11:21
This week marks the election of the United Kingdom's 56th Parliament on Thursday, and the race is anything but predictable.
DStv took some time to chat to Matthew Amroliwala from BBC World News about his thoughts on the election:
This election is likely to be “the tightest, most unpredictable in this generation” said Amroliwala, “the policy for the UK could change drastically.”
In the running for the UK elections, the leading names are David Cameron (Conservative), Ed Miliband (Labour) and Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrats).
According to Amroliwala, all parties are making large promises, but without being precise. Tax, debt and austerity have been high on the agenda but no-one is being clear as to how these battles will be won. “Parties have stated that there will be big cuts, but where is not clear. Conservatives state they will aid health with 8 billion but are unclear as to where the 8 billion will come from,” states Amroliwala, “while Labour says they’ll end the deficit but as to when is still unclear.” The people are yearning for something better, though they’re not sure what.
When there is no majority win, there is a hung Parliament. “Hung Parliament leads to a disengagement and a breach of trust,” said Amroliwala with the example of the last coalition: the parties failed to materialise their promises due to a compromise when they joined motives with another party.
“Millions of voters are changing their minds,” noted Amroliwala. They are moving to support other groups, but this seems to be happening everywhere and because of this - the votes are cancelling each other out.
“It looks like it’ll be a hung Parliament by a smidge,” said Amroliwala, “but when that happens, the economy seems to judder to a halt.”
In a campaign debate, Cameron urged the public to aim for a definitive result to avoid this.
“It seems uneventful so far, but that might mean that all the punches will be thrown on the day” notes Amroliwala.
“As much as it’s anyone’s guess,” he says, “Ed Miliband could take it.”
Remember to follow all UK election coverage with BBC World News.
On 7 May, BBC World News will bring Election 2015 to viewers everywhere. The flagship TV results programme will be hosted by David Dimbleby and a team of specialist correspondents to make sure you know exactly what is going on.
On 8 May, Huw Edwards will keep you updated until the final results are clear. Once the count is done, the World News team will be at your service to help you understand the UK’s next government and all things surrounding it.