It is all about the Independent MPs, it always has been.
Independent MPs are just a collection of successful candidates who won the election.
As such there are no leaders, or even spokespersons, who could talk for the group as a collective. These are all individual MPs brought together after the elections, finding themselves, again, in a political tug of war for their support.
There are currently 21 MPs registered as Independent, some have declared their affiliation to certain parties, but that does not mean much – they can always switch camps if they choose to.
It is probably a good position to be in if one were undecided, as an Independent MP one can talk directly with other traditional parties - if they don't listen to their concerns or demands than they really do have someplace else to go.
So they present a challenge to those at the top of the existing parties.
The Political Parties Integrity Act 2014 (PPIA 2014) is therefore important in that it provides a framework for the registration and administration of Political Parties – an important first step.
The PPIA 2014 recognizes the destabilizing effect Independent MPs have on parties; it therefore prohibits an Independent MP, as an individual or a group, to form a coalition with a political party.
Independent MPs therefore need to renounce their status, before or after taking their oath, as an Independent MP and join a political party.
Independent MPs have the flexibility to choose which party to join. They have an opportunity to listen and consider various options – be it money or a prestigious appointment in government.
It will probably take most of this week for such discussions to take place – ultimately it will be the Independent MPs that will help form and shape the new government.