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Hung parliament

Posted by David FG on April 10, 2010 at 07:45

In Reply to: Hung parliament posted by Michael Moule on April 09, 2010 at 18:49:

: Where does the phrase 'hung parliament' come from ?

I have always assumed that it is an allusion to the fact that something suspended - that is hanging - is liable to swing back and forth or from side to side, as a government with no overall majority is likely to have to do.