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What should the new government focus on?

19:10 UK time, Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Conservative leader David Cameron is the UK's new prime minister, with Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg as his deputy in the UK's first coalition government in 70 years. But how will it work and what should it prioritise?

Mr Cameron said he aimed to form a "proper and full coalition" with the Lib Dems to provide "strong, stable government".

Four other Lib Dems will take cabinet posts in the new coalition government.

What should the new government focus on? Will the coalition be good for Britain? Will the Conservatives and Lib Dems now be able to provide strong and stable government?

Q&A: The Conservative-Lib Dem coalition

Cameron's cabinet: A guide to who's who

The full text of the coalition agreement

This debate has now been closed. Thank you for your comments.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    NO MORE BOOM & BUST

  • Comment number 2.

    The new Government must focus on reducing this terrible, terrible, debt burden as quickly as possible.

    There will be no miracle recovery as Brown naively thought.

    Only lots of hard work, encouraging private investment; not frittering £200 billion more than we can afford every year on public services.

  • Comment number 3.

    Cameron's lame duck Government will be a disaster for the Tories.

    Expect twelve months or so of drastic and hugely unpopular cuts, before the Lib Dems withdraw their support in the face of public unrest.

    When electoral reform is finally introduced - and it will be - the Conservative party as we know it...

    Well, our children will read about them in the history books.

  • Comment number 4.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 5.

    Vote LibDem and get the Tories. How appalling these people are, sell their soul to the highest bidder. Now we have a coalition of toffs running the country, it's the nightmare scenario for anyone with a progressive view of the world.
    The Labour fightback should start here and now, representing the decent majority of people in this country. The people will rally to Labour as the Tory/LibDem cuts machine swings into operation.
    Gordon Brown was traduced by the media and the poodles of the BBC. How right he was to point out that Labour's performance was good given the Tory's Ashcroft money, the pro-Tory media (and the supine BBC). I hope GB has a good life away from the hyenas of the media. He is a decent man and people will recognise that over time.

  • Comment number 6.

    What should be the new government's priorities?

    Keeping the coalition together, otherwise I'm in danger of being bored for the next year.

  • Comment number 7.

    They're the Conservatives...since when did they ever care what anyone thought about what their priorities should be.

    The sad thing is, those who will suffer most under the Conservatives will be those who can less afford the option of emigrating!

    It was never going to be fair.

  • Comment number 8.

    Provided the deal is signed, this is my dream government. Conservatives can look after the economy. Lib/Dems can look after the social needs.

    The Lib/Dems can moderate the Conservatives' austerity policies and the Conservatives can hold back the left's desire to spend more than we have.

    A moderate government which may not please any party diehards but hopefully will not make life too hard for any one sector of the population.

  • Comment number 9.

    "Those who can should and those who can't, we will always help. I want to make sure that my government always looks after the elderly, the frail, the poorest in our country." - David Cameron, Tuesday May 11th 2010

    OK Clegg, make sure you hold these Tories to their word. I'll be alright (because I can) but those who can't are relying on you. You're going to have the full arsenal of the Tory propaganda machine aimed in your direction, ready to blame you for every mistake this government makes and bring you down, but you need to be strong, brave and resiliant. You're the only one who can protect the weak and unfortunate, please don't let them down!!!!

  • Comment number 10.

    While I have little sympathy for Brown - the man who arrogantly declared "I've abolished boom and bust" time and time again, while he spent our taxes frivolously like a teenager with a credit card - deceitful Alistair Campbell and Mandelson set Brown up for a massive fall with their scheming yesterday.

    The country needs to seeing these awful unelected spin doctors. Let's hope there are no more Alistair Campbells or Damien McBrides in politics again. They are a disease.

  • Comment number 11.

    Well there we go all those people who voted Lib Dem because you became cheesed off with Labour,but couldn't bring yourself to vote Tory Thankyou....the weak party you voted for has cheated on you what a wasted vote remember this is the party that brought you the Poll Tax...

  • Comment number 12.

    How about stopping the population of this small country continuing to rise out of control?

    England has already become the most crowded major nation in Europe according to official figures.

  • Comment number 13.

    I'm happy to see Cameron as PM, but very sorry he chose to climb into bed with double-dealing Clegg to do it. He should have told the Liberals where to go and formed a minority government.

    Cameron is more than capable of taking this country forward without the dubious help of Clegg & Co, but this is what we've got so we have to make the best of it.

    The first job should be the economy; everything else can wait until we climb out of the financial black hole Gordon has left us.

    I give it to Easter next year before we have another General Election.

  • Comment number 14.

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  • Comment number 15.

    Don't worry, the circus of the World Cup will soon take our minds off all this politics nonsense. Not so sure where the bread is coming from. Perhaps we can buy shares from Sid in the privatisation of the canals and the beaches.

  • Comment number 16.

    Gordon was right to stand down. He's allowing the Labour party now to stand back while we have a period of complete and utter (Eton) mess.

    The ConDem coalition will stagger from one battle to another while our economy and our country lies open, bare and vulnerable. Move over Greece, here we come!

    Then, after far too long a time, they will decide that it wasn't workable after all and we'll have to get back to another Election. And the sooner the better.

    Then perhaps Labour with its new leader can step in and show everyone that neither the Cons or the LibDems can do what they promised to do.

    What do I think they should prioritise? - Call an Election before we collapse.

  • Comment number 17.

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  • Comment number 18.

    "Prime Ministers should be voted into 10 Downing Street by the people of Britain, not because their party has stitched up some deal"

    David Cameron - Campaiging in Essex, 24th April 2010

  • Comment number 19.

    The first priority is the economy - savage cuts are needed across the entire public sector. The new PM should start as he means to go on and impose an across the board public sector pay freeze, and a freeze on hiring new staff. A review of all quangos with a view to closing down as many as possible should be the next order of business.

    For now though – after years watching Labour’s Scottish mafia slowly wreck the country - it is nice to have an English Prime Minster.

  • Comment number 20.

    Loved David Cameron's speech, mainly the true part saying: "...and the guide for that society that those who can should and those who can't we will always help...".

  • Comment number 21.

    Ah yes, The Poll Tax, the fairest thing seen for ages. Every adult pays the same for the same services. Sorted. Just like Tesco and the rest of life.

    Unfortunately it meant the pavement slab throwing elements of society had to cough up too, hence the riots and unpopularity.

    Saved me a fortune.

  • Comment number 22.

    Keynesian economics: redistribution of wealth, in particular.

  • Comment number 23.

    8. At 9:43pm on 11 May 2010, CP wrote:

    Provided the deal is signed, this is my dream government. Conservatives can look after the economy. Lib/Dems can look after the social needs.

    -------------

    Then again, we might have the Tories looking after the non-doms and tax-avoiders and the Lib-Dems looking after the nuclear deterrant. Or did you mean the kind of dream where you wake up in a cold sweat screaming "how could we have been so naive..."

  • Comment number 24.

    Thank goodness it is all over - well that bit anyway! The new government should concentrate on the economy and carry out Cameron's pledge to provide "strong, stable government". I think (hope) Nick Clegg will be an asset providing the Lib Dem activist start living in the real world and allow him to get on with it.

    Perhaps I missed it but why has no one congratulated Sam and David on expecting a baby?!

  • Comment number 25.

    I expect:-

    (1) only elected members to be appointed to ministerial jobs (i.e. no Lords).
    (2) focus on getting Britain back on it's feet.
    (3) reform of the voting system.
    (4) tax cuts for the rich.
    (5) spending cuts on essential services.
    (6) increased fuel prices.
    (7) privatisation of anything profitable left in the public sector.
    (8) disappointment on point 1.
    (9) disappointment on point 2.
    (10) disappointment on point 3.

    ... and finally
    (11) another election within 12 months,

    So, back to business as usual?

  • Comment number 26.

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  • Comment number 27.

    nick clegg what a rogue, came last and managed to wangle deputy priminister,lord help us, tory, cuts, will cripple this country, is this what you voted for,well dont moan if you did when the country is on its arse.

  • Comment number 28.

    #12 secretfrogwatcher wrote:

    "How about stopping the population of this small country continuing to rise out of control?

    England has already become the most crowded major nation in Europe according to official figures."


    Indeed. We could reduce it by several million if we showed useless racists the door.

  • Comment number 29.

    My dad, who is 80, said, when asked about the libdems before the election, they are Tories. Guess he was proved right, Clegg who renounced Cameron as someone who hangs around with nutters, is now himself also going to be hanging around with nutters! Im glad Cameron finally bullied his way into number 10, and Im also glad Clegg is accompanying him. Hopefully after the huge mess they are going to make we will see the back of them for good, especially the liberals. New Labour will be back in no time.

  • Comment number 30.

    Getting us out of the mess...but with a social conscience and as equitably as possible.
    Not sure at this stage what concessions the Lib Dems have managed to extract in the way of a commitment to PR, but do believe that regardles of that, the genie is now firmly out of the bottle. Whatever the priority was for electoral reform before last Thursday, it's going to be high on most people's agenda from now on. Political dinosaurs and other assorted reactionaries, ignore it at your peril.

  • Comment number 31.

    I may be the only one with this opinion but..... I'm a long time Labour voter, probably a bit of a new-labourite. I have only twice voted Lib-Dem in general elections. The first time was 1983, Michael Foot, need I say more? The second time was 2010 in a safe Conservative seat as a tactical vote. I will never vote Lib Dem again after what has happened this week.

  • Comment number 32.

    No more harmony in Europe, get ready to return to the sidelines.

  • Comment number 33.

    as a supporter of lib dem all my life, i think this is the wrong move for them.and i will no longer vote for them. they should have worked with the Labour, Mr Brown has had nothing but issues all the time as PM, and has been used a a scaprgoat by all.

  • Comment number 34.

    This government needs to address the appalling difference between the rich and poor which is steadily getting worse. This will not be easy as it seems to be a worldwide problem. If they could make any difference at all I think it would give some people back their pride and a will to work.
    I am on the minimum wage after having reasonably well paid employment for many years. It is a real struggle, and quite depressing. There must be millions of people in the same situation. I did not vote for either of these parties, but would support the coalition if they could make a difference. Let's hope they can.

  • Comment number 35.

    Oh no, there back, trust me the next four years are not going to be good for us, but I'm sure a few conservatives will do very very well out of it (allegedly) WATCH THIS SPACE !!!!!!.

  • Comment number 36.

    I voted Lib Dem, not for Cameron or the Tories. I feel betrayed by the party and come the next election I will have to think very hard on where my X will go but one thing's certain, it will not be Tory or Lib Dem.

  • Comment number 37.

    Full marks to Nick Clegg for getting into Government and maximising the Lib Dem influence. Anyone wondering who is to blame for a Conservative led Government? The answer is clear - a Labour Government that failed to reform the electoral system for 13 years.

    Cuts will now come. Remember - it was the Labour party that blew all our cash, and created our budget deficit. Perhaps if we'd had a balanced budget, all these cuts wouldn't be necessary. Unfortunately, Labour didn't leave anyone the choice.



  • Comment number 38.

    Reducing the deficit, Reducing the deficit, Reducing the deficit.
    Then, when done, enduring such a mess can never happen again.

  • Comment number 39.

    I am just thinking, while looking at the voting map of the UK on the BBC's Website, that Mr Cameron should govern England with the tories, Labour should govern Scotland, and Ireland and Wales can do what they like.

    The tories have as much mandate to govern in Scotland as Labour have to govern South of the Border.

    I fail to see one Tory policy that will benefit me as a hard working, tax paying, law abiding married Scotsman with a wife and family.

    We're all doomed

  • Comment number 40.

    Why should Britain tremble ... there will be an election within 12 months and hopefully normal order will be restored at 10 Downing Street.

  • Comment number 41.

    It sickens me that a month ago nobody knew who Nick Clegg was, now all of a sudden the tories are jumping into bed with him as they are desperate for power. During every debate they did not get on, they argued over every point, what has all of a sudden changed? Power, thats what, and obviously they'll get it at any price. Hypocrisy and prostitution spring to mind. its a very sad day for Britain and lets hope it wont last long until the next election

  • Comment number 42.

    Well that's the Lim Dems out of government in Scotland for the forseeable future. Prepare for the back lash in Scotland. A centre left party propping up a right wing government now I've seen it. I still can't believe it will take some time to sink in. Thanks Nick not.

  • Comment number 43.

    I'm getting really fed up with all the people who really expected Cleeg to do a deal with Brown just because the two parties are ideologically closer. The numbers didn't add up, it sounds like there we're no concessions at all from Labour and lets face it Gordon Brown doesn't deserve to be PM anyway. Labour lost it because they were'nt brave enough to replace Brown six months ago.
    I voted for Clegg not to be PM but so that the Lib Defs would change the dirty nappy of either George Osborne or Gordon Brown who are both unfit for office and also to veto unpopular legislation (i.e repeal hunting ban / id cards).

  • Comment number 44.

    Congragulations on your victory Mr Murdoch, 31 years is it now?

  • Comment number 45.

    My reaction is one of sheer despair. To have another Victorian Party leader back in power is almost too much to bear. But let's look on the bright side. No-one will vote LibDem any longer after their betrayal of the country, so in the next election (in a year's time?) Labour will poll over 50% and the Conservatives will never see power again.

  • Comment number 46.

    Conservative is now going to axed our tax credits and we going back to poorer again! I think Conservative will be in power for the next 15 years now before Labour Party bring the power back in 2015.

  • Comment number 47.

    I'd like to see this government do what we all have to do when times are hard. Stop spending what we haven't got.

  • Comment number 48.

    Vote LibDem and get the Tories, what a sell out, as a LibDem supporter I have been betrayed and so have others.

    Nick Clegg should resign now and join the Tories where he belongs, the rest of the LibDem will now sink without trace once the double crossing starts and the promises get 'forgotten'.

  • Comment number 49.

    A genuine huge congratulations to David and Nick for this historic development.
    The real work to save our country now begins.
    No pressure then!

    Les, Sevenoaks.

  • Comment number 50.

    The first priority of the government must be to reduce public spending as it is totally out of control. Get rid of the non jobs currently awash in the civil service & the N H S. This does not mean reducing nurses or doctors.Make people work rather than idle their time on the dole, there are allegedly 1.5 million job vacancies currently waiting to be filled. Get this priority working before tackling anything else.

  • Comment number 51.

    well that's it. Come on labour hurry up and pick a new leader and sort your party out. I am a LD voter but not now and I would think there are a lot more like me if I wanted the Cons in I would have voted for them. Cameron stop blaming everything on labour when it is a world wide problem and don't forget it was the tories who started the problems in our steel industry when maggie was in she let us be overwhelmed with imports.

  • Comment number 52.

    My reaction is complete and utter disgust at the scummy opportunism of Clegg, and worse than that, the Lib-Dems' acquiescence in this charade. Ready to side with anyone on the right that puts them on the path to a middle-aged conservatism and a bigger car, the Lib-Dems have thrown aside every decent thing they stood for, for an ILLUSION of power. Never again will I vote for them. They - leaders and party - have revealed themselves as self-serving traitors to their previously so-firmly-held "beliefs".
    If they could not make a coalition with Labour, they should have said "OK, then with no one". Instead, they give politics, and "fairness", a worse name than the expenses scandal ever did. To hell with them. At least Cameron will soon be a victim of this shameful episode too. But he and his rich PR wife can afford it. Ordinary people cannot. The Sun will be hysterically claiming a victory tommorow. What more proof do you need that it's, to use the tabloids' favourite term, evil? Clegg makes the Pope look like a man of principal.

  • Comment number 53.

    I wonder how long it will be before the Tory grass roots realize they have been stitched up with something more daft than the Labour party?

  • Comment number 54.

    Mr Brown resigns - Mr Cameron tells the Queen he can form a Government with the Lib-Dems - but still the Lib-Dems have not sanctioned the probable agreement and the public know very little about changes that the Conservative Party will be required to make.
    Voting Liberal and getting Conservative must be galling BUT if they can bring about AV then we can have farce at every election.
    Voting Conservative and needing Liberal support is unpleasant too.
    Lets hope we will have a conclusive election soon.

  • Comment number 55.

    A Conservative - Liberal pact ?!?

    Has the same look and feel as the ribbentrop-molotov pact!

    Seriously though, cannot complain as the combined vote of these two is nearly 60%. Don't know what Liberal voters think though. I switched my vote away from them when I realised they would probably do a deal with the Conservatives. I think they will pay a very high price for this.

  • Comment number 56.

    It's probably in Clegg's best interests to prove this coalition can work- otherwise it will raise questions about the ability of proportional representation to produce a coalition government capable of governing effectively in the UK.

  • Comment number 57.

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  • Comment number 58.

    Labour MPs clearly prefer to be in opposition to cooperating with the other progressive parties. They seem to be hoping to benefit from not being the ones making the cuts needed, putting party advantage before the national interest.

    Nick Clegg has done the right thing, probably to his own party's electoral detriment, to provide the country with stable government, difficuly though it is for many of us LibDems to swallow. Hopefully the LibDems with the One Nation element of the Tory Party will be able to implement the huge cuts needed fairly and compassionately.

  • Comment number 59.

    RESIGNING.

  • Comment number 60.

    "
    36. At 9:58pm on 11 May 2010, Colin wrote:

    I voted Lib Dem, not for Cameron or the Tories. I feel betrayed by the party and come the next election I will have to think very hard on where my X will go but one thing's certain, it will not be Tory or Lib Dem.
    "

    I guess it's Monster Raving Loony party for you then - David Miliband will be pleased.

  • Comment number 61.

    Gutted at the return of a Tory PM, tempered only by the knowledge that we may yet get a referendum on voting reform out of this. A Lib-Lab coalition would have been ideal had either party managed to secure more seats but as things finished I don't think it would have been sustainable in the long run, not least in the eyes of the electorate. Hopefully this will be good for the centre left in the long-term. In the short-term, it's a dark day for the public sector.

  • Comment number 62.

    And there I was thinking that a vote for LibDem was a vote for Labour!

  • Comment number 63.

    The Lib Dems have sold their soul to the highest bidder. They claim to care about democracy but what about the democratic right of their own party members or for the rights of those who voted tactically for the Lib Dems in order to keep the Conservatives out of power? Mr Clegg is being deptuty Prime Minister really worth abandoning every principle the Lib Dems have ever believed in? The Lib Dems and Conservatives have nothing in common apart from a couple of education policies. I predict that the Lib Dems will be anihilated next election. If you betray those who voted for you in this way don't expect to count on our support next time around.

  • Comment number 64.

    I wonder when we'll be joining the Euro! At least the economy is in such a bad shape that can't happen.... or can it?

  • Comment number 65.

    So power over principle has won as both parties of the Condem party grab whatever they can. Cameron has failed the Con party by not being able to command a magority even after the Con media's demolition tactics used on GB. He has now gone cap in hand to the Dem's and offered posts for a mixed cabinet. Any bets on how long before they fall out? Giving Clegg deputy PM, Clegg must be desperate what does a deputy PM do? what power does he have? the Cons will bypass him completely. Let Lab have a new leader and then another election asap to stop the shabby deals.

  • Comment number 66.

    Mrs angry thinks the new Government should concentrate on bringing in legislation forcing the BBC to keep wall to wall politics on their news channel rather than replacing the programs she actually wanted to watch with aerial footage of cars driving around London.

    I tend to agree with her. When it comes to political manouvering I would rather watch Connie Beauchamp than Nick Robinsons musings any day.

  • Comment number 67.

    To discredit the traitorous LibDem party and return the country to a Labour government within a year.

  • Comment number 68.

    As a life long liberal supporter I feel gutted, have we sold our birthright for a few cabinet posts ? Where does this lead to our commitments on Trident, PR and a fairer tax system ?

  • Comment number 69.

    What should the new government focus on? Easy - how about resigning before you really mess up the country. Fast forward 5 years. No NHS, no benefits, the poor, the sick & the old completely shafted, Murdoch in charge of the BBC. And we would still have Tim Nice but Dim in charge!

  • Comment number 70.

    The people of Great Britain delivered a verdict of little confidence in a broken political system. Without being humiliated the three humbled party leaders have shown great statesmanship in rising to the occasion and the outcome is a potentially stable and strong coalition government.

  • Comment number 71.

    25. At 9:54pm on 11 May 2010, Rotherham Lad wrote:
    I expect:-

    (1) only elected members to be appointed to ministerial jobs (i.e. no Lords).
    (2) focus on getting Britain back on it's feet.
    (3) reform of the voting system.
    (4) tax cuts for the rich.
    (5) spending cuts on essential services.
    (6) increased fuel prices.
    (7) privatisation of anything profitable left in the public sector.
    (8) disappointment on point 1.
    (9) disappointment on point 2.
    (10) disappointment on point 3.

    ... and finally
    (11) another election within 12 months,

    So, back to business as usual?

    ===========================

    Yep, and point 1 seems to be gone already....Paddy Ashdown anyone...!?

  • Comment number 72.

    On the face of things it looks great with both the lib Dems and Tories in a so called united government but no one should expect this for long because Nick will soon find out that from now on any bad decision by Cam and Co will have his party's name on it. Personally I believe it will be a disaster but that is just only my guess let's wait, because only time will tell.

  • Comment number 73.

    Surely a deal for the sake of PR and the AV system means little if you alienate 50% of your voters in the process.

  • Comment number 74.

    What should they focus on first?

    Keeping the marriage from hell coalition together of course. After that the Tories can concentrate on what they're good at i.e getting jobs for their pals, closing down industry and taking cash for questions and the LibDemTories can start growing beards and wringing their hands.

  • Comment number 75.

    "
    67. At 10:09pm on 11 May 2010, Wakeupthesheeple wrote:

    To discredit the traitorous LibDem party and return the country to a Labour government within a year.
    "
    The less of two evils, who knows.....

  • Comment number 76.

    David (silver spoon in mouth) Cameron as PM???
    Arts Student as Chancellor???
    William Vague as Foreign Secretary???

    The media has harmed this election with the exclusion of the Welsh and Scottish Nationalists.

    We now have an unelected PM - Scotland, Wales, NI and Northern England DID NOT vote for a Tory government. Sadly, I have no option now but to support independence for Scotland due to the voting preference of Southern England which should have had no bearing on who Scots actually voted for. I can't forget 'Milk Snatcher' Thatcher, destroying communities and businesses.

    A very sad day for the union... very sad...

  • Comment number 77.

    Never gona vote for Lib Dems again, feel like i've been sold out

  • Comment number 78.

    I have voted Lib or Lib Dem for the past 37 years in all elections. Tonight, I am in complete despair. I didn't vote for the Lib Dems to get the Tories. The Lib Dems are going to pay a terrible price for this betrayal at the next set of local and national elections.

  • Comment number 79.

    For a start, take steps to casting Scotland adrift; Labour voters north of the border nearly robbed the English of their rightful Conservative government, and that must never be allowed to happen again. If the Scots want a Labour government, let them have a Labour government - on their own.

  • Comment number 80.

    "And I want to help try and build a more responsible society here in Britain"
    - David Cameron, Tuesday 11th May 2010

    Standby for a call from Lady T to remind Dave that "there is no such thing as society"!!!

  • Comment number 81.

    Well played Nick Clegg - not much point in getting your electoral reform through now as you've just consigned the Lib Dems back into obscurity. I could just about have stomached a confidence and supply alliance to get us through the Queen's speech and budget, but a full on coalition with cabinet posts to boot?! The non tory majority, on whose votes you've been relying for so long will now go back to Labour in their droves before you can say proportional representation. And god help us - Osborne as chancellor. Won't be long before people realise just how good Brown was.

  • Comment number 82.

    The public sector should feel the pain that private sector workers have felt.
    After all - they are paid for by the tax payer and bring no money or business into the country.
    People should remember that this debt belongs to Gordon Brown. The world needs to make sure that he never works in finance again. He spent 8 years looking for financial crisis with the IMF and boy did he fail to spot the mother of all recessions.
    I'm sure everyone will try and cut the tories down from the start but the alternative would be too close to Greece for comfort.
    Considering our international status - who would bail us out?

  • Comment number 83.

    Let us now focus on making cuts in public expenditure. We should cut deep while maintaining services, note services, not front-line jobs! This mean spending more on business transformation programmes while cutting other departmental expenditure.

  • Comment number 84.

    The great majority of Britons voted for left/centre-left leaders and parties, but instead of giving deference to the majority of British voters, Clegg gave deference to a single Conservative who got a bare plurality of the vote. So now we have what only a fraction of Britons wanted: right-wingers in power.

  • Comment number 85.

    I think everyone should stop this hugely over-the-top cynicism towards this coalition, I am a lifelong Labour supporter, and as sad as I was to see Gordon Brown go, change is never a bad thing, and a combined majority of over 50% of the electorate is no bad thing either.

    The criticisms are unfounded and unproven, as nobody as done anything yet, for critics of the Conservatives, might the Lib Dem's bring a more sensitive, less right-wing approach to Government than without this coalition?

    As for priorities, as many people have mentioned, the economy, the deficit etc etc, but also electoral reform, immigration and especially tackling crime and anti-social behaviour must be top of both parites priorities.

  • Comment number 86.

    I'd shrug and say "oh well, you get the government you deserve", if only I didn't have to live here too.

  • Comment number 87.

    Thank you Clegg - I didn't vote Liberal to get a Tory Government. Regretfully you have shown your true colours - Power!
    Never again.

  • Comment number 88.

    46. At 10:01pm on 11 May 2010, davis147 wrote:
    Conservative is now going to axed our tax credits and we going back to poorer again! I think Conservative will be in power for the next 15 years now before Labour Party bring the power back in 2015.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------

    Apart from your faulty arithmetic, how come all you Labour supporters moaning about how Tory cuts are going to be bad, just haven't yet got it into your brains that ANY party in power is going to have to make cuts?

    Thanks to Brown and his drunken spending over the last 13 years, we are nearly a TRILLION pounds in debt. And this was set to get to £1.4 TRILLION by 2015.

    The party is over. Except that Brown chose to keep on partying even when others were telling him that the booze was running out. Well, it has now run out. Fortunately, SENSIBLE people realise this - which is why they voted Conservative.

    However, there are still some late night stragglers like you who still think that there is another bottle of champagne yet to be drunk - except there isn't. The credit card is maxed out, and the bills are coming in. Get real.

  • Comment number 89.

    Can't wait for the next General Election leaders debate Cameron & Clegg will be total agreement as they hold hands together eton boys as One what a farce...lets get back to the polls and vote in a party with guts THE LABOUR PARTY.

  • Comment number 90.

    djcrtoye [42] - indisputably bang on with that point.

    For better or worse, letting the Tories into power will utterly kill the Lib Dems in Scotland - certainly for the foreseeable future, and possibly for decades if the spending cuts turn gangrenous...

  • Comment number 91.

    Tactically voted Lib Dem in a Lib Dem/Tory marginal hoping to keep out the Tories. From now on I'll be voting Labour every time.

  • Comment number 92.

    Gordon Brown really has got problems.HE'S BEING TOO HARD ON HIMSELF ! He say's that the responsibilty for Labour's failure is his and his alone... VERY WRONG Gordon ...there's a lot of other Labour .....ers that should share the blame. Hallelujah for David Cameron anyway. time for change.

  • Comment number 93.

    After the Liberal Democrats posted leaflets through my door urging me to "vote Lib Dem to keep the Tories out", I am outraged that they have decided to prop up a Conservative government - especially one led by David Cameron. It's nothing short of fraud. I don't think it's in the national interest to have a government led by a direct descendent of King William IV. Indeed, I consider it a constitutional violation. Sickening.

  • Comment number 94.

    Has anybody in this blog yet realised what deep, deep doody we are in financially in this country??
    The job in hand is enormous. The real battle is ahead.
    Good luck to David and Nick. They will need it!
    WE MUST forget our differences and work for success for the good of all!

    Les,Sevenoaks.

  • Comment number 95.

    May God have mercy on our souls. A bunch of Tory toffs who have never done a proper days work in their lives, will tell the rest of us how we will have to tighten our belts whilst they live off the fat of their inherited wealth. To them, the people at the bottom of the pile will be so much flotsam and jetsam in their battle to cut costs to please their chums in the city boardrooms, and the speculators in our national wealth that they employ.

    Tories despise the weak and dispossessed and believe it to be a problem of their own making. So who mill miss them, especially as they probably voted Labour, if their lives and livelihoods are destoyed by pretty Boy George?

    Were it not for the fact that I have no way of escaping this Tory meanace, I'd say to the people who voted for them - as you sow, so shall you reap - but it will be the innocent, as it has always has been, who will suffer, and just as they did under Mrs Thatcher. Those who were blind to the peril that was Thatcher in 1979, have tragically re-enacted this drama a second time during my lifetime. Being 30 years older, will I and those like me survive a second dose of their brand of economic eugenics?

  • Comment number 96.

    11. At 9:44pm on 11 May 2010, Barra wrote:
    Well there we go all those people who voted Lib Dem because you became cheesed off with Labour,but couldn't bring yourself to vote Tory Thankyou....the weak party you voted for has cheated on you what a wasted vote remember this is the party that brought you the Poll Tax...

    When the original poll tax was introduced in was excessive, however the principle was sound, the council tax is an unfair tax on householders who bear the brunt of the cost of funding County Councils. We have an issue of binge drinking and irresponsible anti social behaviour, if these people were made to pay into the community that they live in, they might think twice before throwing up and urinating in our streets, commiting mindless vandalism and behaving like complete morons. They might learn to respect the people and environment they live in. The alternative to this is to bring back the stocks where on a Saturday morning the locals could take there revenge.

  • Comment number 97.

    The govt's priority will soon be to stay in govt. This unholy alliance will not last in the face of rising unemployment and interest rates. The govt will fall well before there is any chance to reform the voting system. Labour will sweep back to power under Ed Balls and the Lib Dems will have lost their chance for electoral reform possibly forever.

  • Comment number 98.

    The new government should focus on electoral reform and reducing tax for the low paid. The deficit shoud not be a priority because it's so large that even cutting it drastically will not make a great deal of difference!

  • Comment number 99.

    Unless an out come of this deal is full electoral reform and proper proprtional reperesentation, leading to a new election within the next 18 months it will fail.
    The lib dems will lose all credability and the northern cities plus scotland will rebel. A concerned city dweller whos vote means nothing to westminster and is beginning to lose all faith. we were asked to vote with our hearts. Don't give this call again to leave them broken.
    Any one want to help to set up a new truly progressive social libertarian collective?
    The old medieval system needs to go, it is no longer fit for purpose.

  • Comment number 100.

    What complete rubbish. The LIBDEMS have totally lost the plot. They are meant to stand for change and justice and this is a complete betrayal of why they were formed and also apparently why Nick Clegg came into politics in the first place I hasten to add.

    This country will be in tatters now for a long time with the Tories in power.

    The LIBEDMS have been out of any power for so so long that now they completely lost their focus and went for it regardless of the massive loss of confidence this will have on voters. I for one am ashamed I was ever a LIBDEM and will never vote for them again.

    I am very very sure a lot of LIBDEM MPs will leave the party after this fiasco of the leader Nick Clegg completely destroying this country and the reputation of his party in a matter of minutes this evening.

    WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So sorry to see Gordon Brown leave but least he can enjoy family life while his kids are young now!!!!!!!!!!

 

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