Friday puzzle, no.16 (election edition)

The regular feature comes back once again, with a particularly topical one for you:

You’re the leader of a minor political party. In a general election you secured 23% of the national vote, resulting in 57 seats. The two main political parties won 36.1% (306 seats) and 29% (258 seats) respectively. Other parties made up 11.9% (28 seats) of the vote.

No one party has an overall majority and, because of the ideologically confused nature of your party, you can align with either of the main parties in order to help prop up their own respective underperformances at the ballot box. Whichever way you pledge your support will encounter significant opposition, have huge implications and jeapordises the long-term security of your party (as well as exhibiting a contradiction of some of your own fundamental values and aims).

What do you do?

If anyone knows the answer, could you send it on a postcard for the attention of N. Clegg, Cowley Street, London? Thanks.

Note: The real Friday puzzle will be available tomorrow.


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