Leader: Parties must get it together

If the first 24 hours of a hung parliament were anything to go by, with the endless prevaricating and lack of decision-making, we could be in for a bumpy ride.

Jittery financial markets feed on this type of indecision so hopefully by the time you read this the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats will have done some sort of deal to ensure the political direction of the country is clear.

On Friday Tory leader David Cameron made a broad offer to the Liberal Democrats – as did Labour leader Gordon Brown if the Tory talks fall through – to form a strong and stable government that lasts. Let’s hope they can come up with something that works.

With no party securing a majority, at the time of writing we are stuck in an uncomfortable political limbo – a situation we have not been in since 1974. Things didn’t go to plan back then so let’s hope 36 years later we can make a better go of it.

With all the parties pretty light on ideas about how to sort out the housing market it will be interesting to see what comes out of a potential Tory-Lib Dem hybrid.

You only had to witness the three leaders’ performances in the final television debate to see some classic fudging when it came to the subject of providing more affordable housing.

The general election has certainly given birth to a new era of politics. Let’s hope some sort of collaboration between parties provides an injection of fresh ideas and action to get the economy back on track.

The riots in Greece are a lesson to us all on how we could suffer if the politicians collectively contrive to fumble the ball at this pivotal moment.