Tuesday, 11 May 2010
New phase in British politics
Warwick University graduate Gus O'Donnell welcomes David and Samantha Cameron to 10 Downing Street as Cabinet Secretary. We always knew that Introduction to Government course would come in handy
Britain has its first new peacetime coalition government since 1931. Many details about policy and personnel remain to be made clear, but there are Liberals in government for the first time since 1945.
Gordon Brown was not much liked by the country. He lacked communication skills and had his flaws, as he admitted today. But he was a decent and honourable man who has lived his life in public service in accordance with core moral values. Hopefully, he can become the next head of the IMF.
David Cameron and Nick Clegg have begun a bold experiment. There will be many tensions, not least over the EU. Britain faces difficult circumstances and some hard choices, as David Cameron made clear.
However, the Lib Dems have already moderated the least palatable Conservative policies on inheritance tax and marriage. They are, however, backing the additional £6bn cuts deemed necessary by the Conservatives.
For the first time we have a photograph of the monarch appointing her prime minister.
The old and the new thus come together. Now the hard work begins.