Factbox: British newspapers comment on coalition talks

(BestGrowthStock) – Britain’s two big rival political forces plan to resume wooing the smaller Liberal Democrats on Tuesday after Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced he would step aside in a last-ditch bid to keep his party in office.

Below are the headlines, strap lines and extracts from editorial comments in British newspapers on Tuesday:

FINANCIAL TIMES

BROWN TO QUIT IN BID TO WIN OVER LIB DEMS

PM falls on sword as Cameron fights for Clegg deal

“Coming just as negotiations between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats reached a delicate stage, Mr (Gordon) Brown’s move seemed calculated to cause maximum disruption and open the way to a Labour-Lib Dem power-sharing deal.”

TELEGRAPH

A VERY LABOUR COUP

* Brown will step down in a bid to win a deal with the Lib Dems

* Audacious plot could scupper Tory coalition talks

* Moves will lead to another unelected prime minister

“With the incomprehensive connivance of Nick Clegg – whose reputation will surely never recover – Mr Brown is effectively seeking to nullify the result of last week’s general election.”

TIMES

HIS PARTING SHOT

* Brown offers to quit to clear the way for a Labour deal with Lib Dems

“The notion that Gordon Brown can be permitted to stay on as Prime Minister for another five years is an affront to democracy and – as the immediate movement of the pound showed – a danger to the economy.”

GUARDIAN

BROWN PLAYS LAST CARD

* PM resigns in bid to secure power-sharing deal with Clegg

* Tories respond with the offer of referendum on electoral reform

* Lib Dems held secret talks with Labour on a possible pact

“The crucial change is that the possibility now exists to make a Lab-Lib deal happen. This is potentially a turning point in modern British politics – and a welcome one.”

INDEPENDENT

THE SACRIFICE

Brown steps down to enable a deal with the Lib Dems

THE PRIZE

A progressive alliance to bring about electoral reform

“As Prime Minister, Mr Brown made many mistakes … But the manner of his departure suddenly opens up British politics. It is a timely and fitting bequest.”

THE SUN

GOING BROWN

* PM says he’ll quit but not till Sept

* Chaos as Clegg flirts with Labour

“Democrazy. In the space of five tumultuous days, Britain has gone from democracy to as we know it to the brink of dictatorship.”

MIRROR

FOR THE GREATER GORD..

Brown falls on sword in bid to stop the Tories

“George Osborne’s final offer on behalf of (David) Cameron to the Liberal Democrats, including the electoral reform referendum his party opposes, smacked of fear in the Tory ranks. Nick Clegg must now decide where the best interests of country and party lie.”

DAILY MAIL

A SQUALID DAY FOR DEMOCRACY

Brown quits but cynically bids to keep Labour in power by guaranteeing two-faced Clegg voting reform

“Yesterday’s farce might be funny if the stakes for our economy were not so high. Literally, as Mr Brown announced coalition talks with the LibDems the pound fell – and that is only a taster of the horror to come if the markets are not convinced Britain has the strong, stable and decisive government required to cut the national debt.”

DAILY EXPRESS

THIS SHABBY STICH-UP

Brown quits so Labour can cling to power in sordid deal with Clegg

“The problem for Clegg now is that he has been too clever by half. By cuddling up to Labour he has rendered himself unfit to be a partner to the Tories. That may mean there is now no conceivable arrangement for stable government that can be reached given the distribution of seats between the parties. All roads seem to lead to another election … and soon.”

DAILY STAR

SORT IT OUT YOU CLOWNS

Stop thinking of yourselves and start running the country

“Britain needs a real government NOW. One with a strong leader who has a powerful plan to rescue us from this shambles. The PM (Prime Minister) should step aside TODAY. We can’t afford another day of dithering. It’s time to end this limbo crisis. And get this nation back on its feet.”

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Factbox: British newspapers comment on coalition talks