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Will the new coalition work?

16:08 UK time, Wednesday, 12 May 2010

David Cameron is putting the finishing touches to his coalition government in its third full day in power. What do you make of the cabinet?

Lynne Featherstone and David Heath are the latest Lib Dems to get jobs, on top of eleven MPs from the party already appointed to ministerial positions.

Ms Featherstone Lynne Featherstone, who was named junior equalities minister at the Home Office, said she was "very disappointed" by the level of female representation in the coalition.
Mr Cameron met First Minister Alex Salmond in Scotland, with both parties saying the talks had been productive.

Can the Conservative-led coalition rebuild trust in politics and create a stronger society? Or will the differences between the parties create problems for the new coalition? What did you think of the first press conference by David Cameron and Nick Clegg?

At-a-glance: Cameron coalition's policy plans

Inside Cameron's cabinet

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  • Comment number 1.

    In theory, why not? It works elsewhere. But then again, so does one-party, first past the post, in other countries such as the US and France.

    I've found it fascinating listening to some LibDems complaining about having to cooperate with the Tories. I thought they wanted a hung parliament, and to see parties having to work together. This is what they wanted!

    Maybe some LibDems actually prefer being in permanent opposition, and avoiding responsibility.

    As it stands, I hope and believe the coalition will work. I don't think either party would really continue with Labour's mistakes of overspending, inefficiency and welfare dependency.

  • Comment number 2.

    There are many reasons why it might work:

    1 - Both sides have made conditions on the basis that part of what you want is better than none.
    2 - Both Lib and Con seem more focussed on doing what the country needs, whereas Labour had got too used to power to want to really share it.
    3 - The problems of the deficit will focus minds on the task in hand. Now is not the time to promote party policy.
    4 - We need to make our money work harder, cut out unnecesary red tape and reduce waste, thereby hitting targets for expenditure reduction. This will lessen the scale of public sector redundancies. Both cons and lib-dems get this. Labour didn't

  • Comment number 3.

    What a breath of fresh air the 1st news conference was. I really hope this is the start of something less oppressive than we have experienced for the last years.
    I wish it all to go well for all of our sakes and future.
    I believe that it will work if we let it.

  • Comment number 4.

    It has to, otherwise there will be a snap election in months, the Tories will get in with a majority and the Lib Dems will be in the wilderness, with maybe 10 MPs, for a generation.

    Alternative Vote is a joke. It is nowhere near PR. We already have PR for European elections, why not for UK?

  • Comment number 5.

    I'm willing to wait and see what happens; I think we need to at least give them a chance. I'm just glad Brown and NuLab have gone...

  • Comment number 6.

    If the politicians get on with their job of course it will work ... Its just if the conservatives start being pushy about their outmoded ideals that they think will calm the populace that it won't work
    They need to realise that the public didn't vote for the conservatives ... They voted for CHANGE ... And thats what we want
    It isn't going to be easy for whoever is in government over the next few years ... They are going to have to stand up to a lot of bullying from Europe and america ... But they need to realise that they need to be working for the British people and not smoozing the EU or the whitehouse
    Now ... Get on with it and you can stay ... Otherwise you're out

  • Comment number 7.

    Cannot be any worse then the last coalition, and they were from the same party, lets see what happens.
    Mike

  • Comment number 8.

    I don't think it will work, more likely tears before the year is out.

  • Comment number 9.

    This will never work - it would have been better just to have another election. They went on about Gordon Brown being unelected, at least we knew, at the last election, that he was going to take over from Tony Blair. Can we consider Cameron or Clegg to be elected as leaders?

  • Comment number 10.

    I voted Conservative but I am very excited by what has happened.
    As long as they are given a chance I think it could work.

  • Comment number 11.

    So, what if enough disgruntled LibDem MP's to destroy the overall majority, defect to Labour?

  • Comment number 12.

    It has to for the sake of the country.

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  • Comment number 15.

    I think so.. both leaders are young and aspirational with a clear notion of bipartisanship. If they can hold the parties behind them, this could be a particularly positive era of British politics.

  • Comment number 16.

    It will not whilst the tories are in power. The Unions will do everything to get the tories out.

  • Comment number 17.

    I have been impressed by the con-dem coalition so far,that's probably because they have had their own way so far. I have always been in favour of fixed term Parliaments and I want to have the voting system changed to a fairer system. I like the tax plans for the low paid.Let's hope that people can keep their jobs in order for them to benefit from the incremental rise in the tax threshold.The make up of the personnel is up to the Prime Minister,he's consulted his advisors but the P.M decides along with Clegg. I like the elections for the House of Lords,I like the power of recall for M.P's......this all sounds good to me,BUT where are the cuts in the budget going to be made? I was out of work during the early 1980's and during the early 1990's,both Tory administrations,and as long as I am in employment,then I am happy with these policies.It seems that there are 'checks and balances'built into these policies .It's good to see politicians working together for the common good.

  • Comment number 18.

    Fantastic and at last, now a question to the new government.
    Dear David, Dear Nick
    Please can you undo what Labour has done and let Burnley have its hospital back? We would like you to let us have our A&E back by moving it from a couple of joined up PORTO cabins in Blackburn Royal and let Burnley use its purpose built, clean in house A&E. We would also like our childrens ward back. Some people in Burnley can't afford the bus journy to Burnley, then change for Blackburn, then change for Blackburn Royal, then all the way back home.
    I look forward to hearing from you, please do not let us down.
    Yours
    Steve

  • Comment number 19.

    The sore losers should remember that the dysfunctional gov't of Blair/Brown survived for many years.
    Also that they would be happy to allow others to shoulder the blame for picking up the pieces of the wreckage from Brown's gov't

  • Comment number 20.

    I'm sure that it will work to the favour of "Dave & his merry band of men" although I do think that the British public will get stitched up time after time by the lot of them.
    How long before the Disabled & the pensioners will lose most of their benefits, Or hospitals will be forced to close because of lack of funds, ( its been done before by the torie's )

    Will they reduce their personal incomes to reflect what the average person earns in this country, 16-20k is what most people earn and then lose most of it in taxes and fuel duty, No doubt you would be better off if you earn 50k plus, but even if you did earn that sort of money, you can guarantee your'll pay most of it to the taxman.

    Will the co-alition help the nations small business'es in and around the country or will they put everybody out of work and send the work to other countries where the labour cost is lower than here.

    Will the co-alition bring the troops home from that unwinnerble war in Aftganistan, I doubt it.

    What will they do for us?
    Line their own pockets?

    We'll soon see

  • Comment number 21.

    If the media allows them to get on with it rather than finding every little (and maybe big) difference between the coalition partners and making a big deal out of it. They have as much responsibility to serve the country as our new government has (and nobody voted for the media!).

  • Comment number 22.

    The coalition may well work. However the judgement on whether it is working or not must belong to the electorate. And that judgement must be sought before the end of this year by calling another general election immediately after the promised referendum on the AV (Alternative Vote) voting system. This system would give politicians a clear picture of the electorates prefered coalition government in the event of a hung parliament. The current coaltion has been concocted by power starved politicians which is not the correct way for a country which prides itself in being a model democracy.

  • Comment number 23.

    16. At 5:21pm on 12 May 2010, thelevellers wrote:

    It will not whilst the tories are in power. The Unions will do everything to get the tories out.


    Time to go Thatcher on the Unions then isnt it.

  • Comment number 24.

    Sorry HYS, to answer, yes it will work, it has to work as we will all be watching very close.
    I feel it will be very painful for us, the electorate, as more tax will have to be paid, we just want the government to tell us why and be truthful. Also be fair with our TAX money and not squander it all away in order to keep on the right side of the PC brigade.
    Please lets get this country back to Great Britain and not State Britain. Lets go forward and not back, for the good of the country, lets just do it or it will go down the ....

  • Comment number 25.

    Well, well. I am going to be one of the seemingly few on here to oppose the new coalition. Devious Dave and Nifty Nick will look so appealing for the first few weeks, then the fun should start! It wont be long before we are back to the real Tory days. I hav'nt forgotten the Thatcher years? I hav'nt forgotten the McMillan and the Heath years, also the Major time in office. Go ask the Miners and the railway men, go speak to the other public service workers who suffered at the hands of the Tories. The Libs wont stop Cameron when he gets into top gear, The cuts will be hard and deep, the least able to defend themselfs will suffer. Public services will be there for only the basics. But of course, the Tories got the Mandate!! Labour was given a "good wigging" after all they (Labour) got over 5 times as many seats as The Libs!! But they and Labour voters do not come into the equation of "National unity" Why Not????

  • Comment number 26.

    No it will never work,the Lib Dems are finished at the next Election it will put them back years,The Tory party are going back on their Manifesto promises with the Inheritance pledge already.

  • Comment number 27.

    As someone who wanted a "hung" parliament I am pleased that politicians will need to learn the arts of discussion and persuasion at last. The worst excesses of our tribal parties will be cut out and we will stop having massive policy swings every so often. Although I have normally voted labour I am quite happy with the way the election has gone. I really hope they can make it work for the benefit of the country.

  • Comment number 28.

    A breath of fresh air is really nice to have after years of fog, smoke and mirrors.

    I'd like to give them a chance. See if they can make this new type of co-operative politics work for the good of all.

  • Comment number 29.

    I have been a bit scathing about politics and politicians.
    But for once i feel a glimmer of excitment.
    That one 'party' does not hold all the answers seems to make sense.
    If politicians CAN work together, there is maybe hope for the rest of us.
    A step away from divisivness, and a step towards togetherness.

  • Comment number 30.

    We need this to work,if people voted to stop one party ruling this country then they have been successful.Now they should stop trying to tell us which coalition we should except.Labour are not in power,live with it.

  • Comment number 31.

    Having watched the press conference, I feel pleasantly surprised at how much good feeling there was. Of course, it is only there because they both need it to work - but that is precisely the sort of benefit that you get from a coalition. New Labour took power for granted, but because the Tories have to work with the Lib Dems they will not take anything for granted. There will be a dynamic discourse inside Government, which means consensus between right and left outside of election time. This can only be good for an ideologically divided nation. Democracy is consensus!

    And furthermore, merging two parties for the purpose of a Government means that you get the best from both parties. Genuises like Cable alongside the politically experienced like Clark. It will work because there are two parties' reputations on the line. And the country will be all the better off thanks to a new kind of mature politics.

    I thought I'd never say it, but bonne chance Mr Cameron!

  • Comment number 32.

    It will last as long as a chocolate fireguard lets hope no one lights the fire !!!!

  • Comment number 33.

    It is now time for the media, including the BBC, to be supportive.

    Picking holes in new ideas is easy but not very mature

    Many new born babies are frail. Dont go poking them in the ribs.


  • Comment number 34.

    Their press conference was a real triumph and I am genuinely optimistic about what this Government can achieve. There appears to be real chemistry between the 2 men and I believe they will work well together. There has been too much nonsense spoken by Labour over the past few days - no one won the election ... yes they did, the Conservatives got a higher % of the vote than Labour did in 2005 but just not enough seats; the country voted for no party to get a clear majority ... no we didn't, we all voted as individuals and that's how things ended up; it's hypocritical for these men to work together having competed so fiercely for months ... nonsense. Having played sport professionally, I have been involved in some real ding dongs on the pitch but when the final whistle goes, the disagreements are left on the pitch and you shake hands. These guys were competing, of course, but now they recognise that cooperation is the way in which we can fix a country that is on its' knees after 13 years of Labour mis-management.

  • Comment number 35.

    Clegg has sold us LibDems for "a mess of potage" and few? minor ministerial posts of no importance. Never again,for the first time in my life will I vote LibDem. LibDem now reads Vote for us and get Tories..

  • Comment number 36.

    I am very concerned about the proposed rules on lengths of parliament. They want fixed five year terms with the only way to remove a govt before that to get 55% of MPs votes in a no confidence motion. The Tories have 47% of the MPs currently so they are trying to fix the system so that come hell or high water they can't be removed before 5 years is out. Given their likely extreme unpopularity quite soon when they start slashing spending this is absolutely scandalous. It is also an astoundingly poor start for a govt committed to producing a new fair politics!!!

  • Comment number 37.

    Yes, I believe that it will work as long as the two leaders can keep their relationship strong.

    Good luck to them both.

  • Comment number 38.

    Lets face it, after the last lot of useless idiots they can not ruin the country any more than they did.

    I was only sure that I would not vote for GB, I did not know until the last moment who I would vote for and did it with great doubts in my mind if I had made the best choice.

    Now after watching the coalition develope I feel positively upbeat about the future.

  • Comment number 39.

    Whilst I believe that it's too early to call on the coalition, I'd urge everybody to write to their MP urgently demanding the deletion of this proposal from the political reform package: "55% of MPs required to bring government down in confidence vote". In simple terms - in the event of the coalition failing, the Conservatives would be able to cling on to power for five years. This is a sweeping change to our democratic process and must be removed from any proposals - if the parties wish the electorate to agree they can rule whilst a minority, they should propose this to the country, not furtively introduce it.

  • Comment number 40.

    I am impressed by what I have seen and heard from Cameron/Clegg in their determination to make it work. I do believe that it heralds a new and different era in British Politics.

    I am saddened, but not surprised however, at the early surfacing of that old British disease of ' glass half empty ' cynical and negative pessimism that seems rather to want it to fail rather than to succeed.

    To look for and seek out reasons for it to fail rather than look on the bright and optimistic side and view it as a glorious opportunity for the change that seemingly everybody wanted.

    Up pops Caroline Lucas for example, a new Green/Pink MP with the paint barely dry already spouting as though she were the oracle of the ages.

    And the cynical media, who would rather peddle bad news than good, already looking for flaws. Even the inferred cynical wording of this HYS question.

    Everything and anything is possible if you want it to be. It's an attitude that once made this nation great.

    The motto of the SAS is ' Who dares Wins '. So why shouldn't it work?

    I for one am tired of the welfare mentality,' the world owes me a living', poor me scrounger,attitude of this country. Let this be a new dawn.

  • Comment number 41.

    Would a cabinet ran by two Prime ministers work?

  • Comment number 42.

    Will the new coalition work?

    Not a cat in hells chance. Despite what many people think, the political parties are not the same and never the twain shall mix.

    Truth be told, we now have an unelected PM who got in through the back door and who considers himself and other people like him, better than anyone else.

    We have Liberals who have sold their soul, their own party and the entire UK down the river and we have a Labour party who are nowhere to be seen.

  • Comment number 43.

    Well given the way the election panned out, this is probably the best way forward (I'm a bitter and twisted Labour supporter by the way).
    This might be the re-making of the Tory party. Someone posted that the Centre (sensible) Conservates needed to split the party into two and drop all the euro-hating right wing. This appears to be what has happened; I and astounded that Tories have dropped their gastly unfair inheritance tax plan.
    Long may it last, I have to live in this country too for the next five years; dispite my politics I too want it to succeed.

  • Comment number 44.

    Doyouknow, this could just work, if they both keep in mind their oft repeated statement of today "that they were working together, for the good of the country" - just hold that thought Dave & Nick, and you could just pull this off; forget it and return to party politics, and you're history.

  • Comment number 45.

    If in any way the Daily Mail and the right wingers on HYS represent the thoughts of your average Tory, then the ConDem coalition hasn't a cat in hell's chance. It seems that there are a huge number of string 'em up / chuck 'em out unreconstructed right wingers out there who vote Tory but are more drawn to the BNP or UKIP.

    Clegg and Cameron put on a nice show this afternoon and I honestly believe that there was some sincerity from both men, however despite their apparent unity, Cameron will be undermined by the reactionaries in his party and will appease them at the expense of the fragile alliance.

  • Comment number 46.

    Fixed-term parliaments are a good idea to take away from the sitting PM the advantage of calling an election whenever it is more convenient to his/her party. I must say though that the 55 % threshold for votes of no confidence is completely unjustified. I believe the normal 50 % + 1 rule should be mantained. I also think that, if the UK is to have fixed-term parliaments, then elections should be held every 4 years, rather than five.

    Second, it is silly to claim that people who voted for Clegg got Cameron instead. In reality, those who voted for the Lib Dems got exactly what they should be hoping for, i.e Nick Clegg in the cabinet (along with Danny Alexander, Chris Huhne, Vince Cable, and David Laws) and a significant share of the Lib Dem manifesto now incorporated into official government policy. What are the Lib Dems activists complaining about then ?

    Finally, as I expected, Cameron (Eton/Oxford) and Clegg (Westminster/Cambridge) really seem to click and look comfortable working side by side. Clegg, however, should be careful not to portray himself too much as "Dave's sidekick" as it looked like in today's press conference.

  • Comment number 47.

    It's something new, that's what is most exciting.

    The two party system has always been about choosing the lesser of two evils, and with majority government, less than half of the population even get that.

    Finally it's getting a shake up and we may see a move to more moderate and progressive politics, instead of the left-right swing every decade or so where the new government spend half their time reverting what the old one did.

  • Comment number 48.

    I for one will never vote Libservative Conocrats ever again. Nick Clegg the deceiver.

  • Comment number 49.

    Yes it will work - first time in so long I am enthusiastic about British politics. Here's wishing all involved the very best!

  • Comment number 50.

    I think it stands a good chance of working if everyone involved focuses on the national interest and puts party politicking second. The coalition should provide a welcome counterbalance against the extreme wings of both parties and there is a chance that we may get some sensible government as a result.
    From the LibDems point of view it has to work if they are to convince the electorate that anything other than first past the post will deliver strong and stable government.

  • Comment number 51.

    It might work for a while, but what about the run up to the next election? If Cameron sees a chance for a pure Tory majority, will he start attacking the Lib Dems? Or will he stand by them and risk a continuing coalition?

    The thing it has going for it is that The Lib Dems basically caved in on the majority of their principles in order to make a grab for power, instead of sticking to the things that made them what they were. Must have been a godsend to Cameron to find such spineless, passive submissives - gave him a chance to grab power after failing to win an election everything thought he would walk.

  • Comment number 52.

    This is very refreshing and I hope that british politics is going to be the winner.

    The decisions that have been made over the past 48 hours by all parties have been brave and for the good of the country.

    Well done Nick and David you both have my vote and I don't even mind the increase in tax (please let it be small) that will be needed to get this country back on it's feet.

  • Comment number 53.

    Wheather it works or not, it will have performed one great service. For a while, and lets hope a very long while, the country will not have to listen to labour propoganda dressed up as policy.

  • Comment number 54.

    Watching Cameron and Clegg standing up and talking together makes me feel physically sick and worried. When they shook hands outside number 10 I thought they were going to kiss each other! On the way in the house they kept patting each other on the back and touching each others back in an attempt not to look like the weaker part in the relationship (as US presidents have always done when meeting UK PM's).
    I really do feel that the Lib Dems have traded in their souls for a deal with the devil. I voted Lib Dem as I couldn't stand seeing Brown in again, aswell as seeing some interesting and refreshing policies they were offering. The only hope I see is that David Milliband wins the Labour hot seat and that the coallition collapses soon after, forcing another Election - one I think Labour could win under him.
    I have lost faith in the Lib Dems, I'm not fussed about them not doing a deal with Labour, in fact, how could they. I would have preferred them to dismiss working with either of them, leaving the hung parliament and forcing Brown's hand to quit and then having another Election. I wouldn't vote Lib Dem again. I didn't vote out of hate, I voted for the change they were offering, not a mix of that alongside all the destructive policies the Tories bring. I hope it fails.

  • Comment number 55.

    What I don't understand is how can anyone who voted Lib Dem possibly object to a coalition Government? Haven't they read the party's policies?

    I'm very pleasantly surprised by the noises being made by this coalition. I think it could work very well. The future of a more proportional voting system relies on it working - if it fails, it'll be held up as an example of why we should never have coalition Governments.

    And 3 cheers for the 3rd Heathrow runway being scrapped so quickly!

  • Comment number 56.

    I don't see why it shouldn't. Coalitions have their problems, but I think we need to give it a go before we condemn it out of hand.

    I'm fed up listening the Lib Dem supporters saying 'I didn't vote Lib Dem to have a Tory government'. The Lib Dem Party was all for cross party co-operation. Lib Dem supporters need to realise that their party was the biggest loosers of the General Election and yet their party is in a power sharing government. What more do you want!!!

  • Comment number 57.

    The Spider and the Fly, a parody

    "Will you walk into my Cabinet?"
    Said a Tory to a Whig;
    'Tis the prettiest little office
    and a very powerful gig.
    The way into my cabinet
    is through a coalition;
    And I have many pretty things
    To show for your ambition."

  • Comment number 58.

    This is no more an historic opportunity for the UK than the election of Labour 14 years ago, or the election of the Conservatives in 1979.

    Oh sure there's lots of flag-waving right now because everything's new and sparkly (except the deficit), we all feel like we've had an opportunity to have our say (even though that only involved putting an 'X' next to our chosen representative's name), and the press have the opportunity to learn new phrases to parrot (out with drawing lines under things, out with sending messages, in with ...?).

    Unfortunately the uncomfortable truth is that in 5 year's time we'll be back to the same old slanging matches, the same chimps' tea-party atmosphere at Prime Minister's questions, the same blaming of each other when there are problems carried over from the previous administration (even though 5 years is plenty long enough to address most of these problems), and the general public will have just as little say in the running of the country as they do now - you won't get to vote on specific issues, you won't get proportional representation, you won't get direct democracy, or even electronic voting.

    What you will get, though, is a fixed 5-year term of office for the government even though most of the people in the country didn't vote for the party that wants this, you'll get budgets set by someone who's never done it before with all the mistakes (and political blustering) this implies, and you'll get Tweedledum and Tweedledee gurning at you from the idiot-box telling you whatever it is they're doing is good for the country (sound like anyone you know?).

    Hurrah for British Politics! The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  • Comment number 59.

    It depends on what the definition of "will it work?" means.
    If it means the rich and their profit hungry friends getting richer, then it will be a resounding success.
    If it means that will it work for ordinary people, who are being stitched up, whilst being fleeced out of their money, day after day, then no.
    More of the same. Two puppets owned by the same master.

  • Comment number 60.

    Neither Conservative nor Labour will give the Liberals a chance to usurp their traditional dominance so I can see the Conservatives calling an early election to bury the Liberals unless &, unless, the Liberals can be seen to supplant Labour!

  • Comment number 61.

    It can work if the declared intents materialize in fact and action. There will be some disappointed Tories who had hopes of being given posts within the Government but who have seen their opportunities fade with the lack of a single party majority and the need for this coalition government. If these former hopefuls can put aside their disappointments and support this Government wholeheartedly it would bode well for the country. This coalition will also give the Lib-Dems a chance to pick up some experience of governance which would be an asset to the political situation in the country since the next time they go to the polls they would know the meaning of and the difficulties of governance and their manifesto would be more realistic. I am sure that most citizens of the UK will be hoping that this Government will last the course.

  • Comment number 62.

    I am a Labour supporter and being in a democracy we have to accept what as happened, and the Labour party as good on em NOW
    I see quiet a few obstacles coming up for the new government. The torys of course will give the Lib Dems a referendum on PR you can kiss that goodbye Nick The tory supporters will never vote for that and now you have climb into bed with the tories a majority of Labour supporters including myself will not vote for it.
    Defence Trident torys want it Lib dems dont so the tories will have to rely on Labour and as far as i am concerned we should never vote with the tories.Thats only 2 things now wait for massive job cuts

  • Comment number 63.

    Well it will work because the Lib Dems are now a wing of the Tory party, it's not a coalition, it's a takeover. Lib dems have absolutely no future as a standalone party anymore, which at least saves us from having to change the electoral system and introduce PR, there's not much point in PR in the two party system.

  • Comment number 64.

    I'm read a lot of posts condemning Clegg and the Lib Dems, saying they didn't vote LD to see the Tories in power, and they've sold their soul bla bla bla....

    What was Clegg supposed to do?!

    Should he have allowed a Tory minority government? The Tories would still be in power, but without a majority little would be achieved and the country would get nowhere.

    Should he have agreed a Labour coalition? Lib+Lab would NOT have achieved a majority. It would have required gaining the support of another 5 or so minor parities (SNP etc). Do the moaners seriously think a 7-party coalition would be even be agreed, let alone work?

    At no point did Clegg rule out a Lib-Con partnership. Therefore, he has broken no promises. In fact, Clegg repeatedly called for the parties to work together during the TV debates - he has always been pro-collaboration.

    Clegg has done the right thing. I don't particularly trust Cameron or Osborne in their positions, but I trust that the Lib Dems will reign them in when necessary. And from the sounds of the coalition agreement, the Tories have already made some concessions.

    Who knows how long it will last, all I know is that it was the best/only option considering how the election results went. Some of the LibDems and tactical voters need to get their heads out the sand and realise this.

  • Comment number 65.

    The first speech of incoming Prime Minister is quite encouraging.

    Earning money now-a-days has become difficult therefore government should start austerity drive should begun from House of Commons and its affects should trickle down to government departments. This can reduce budget deficit.

    Whether a political party wins with clear majority or it forms government in coalition with another political party, parliament should complete its term. Political parties forming a coalition government should cooperate with each other during the entire fixed term of the parliament so that public interest should not be jeopardised.

    Great Britain Pound (GBP) is an identity of Great Britain. It is not necessary to adopt Euro in Great Britain, though geographically Great Britain lies in European Union.

  • Comment number 66.

    25. At 5:36pm on 12 May 2010, lyndon newton wrote:

    "I hav'nt forgotten the Thatcher years? I hav'nt forgotten the McMillan and the Heath years, also the Major time in office. Go ask the Miners and the railway men, go speak to the other public service..."

    Well I haven´t forgotten the Blair years either - actually being a single-parent at the time - it was labour and not the Tory gvt that made it impossible for me to carry-on working in a job I loved. Impossible to work without reaching out for benefits. However, under New Labour I faced a net-deficit every month - I still have the bank statements to prove it. I never liked the Tory-rhetoric, but at least under their regime I could keep afloat w/o government handouts! As a result I left a country I loved to work abroad - not exactly a perfect solution, but at least I can support my family w/o government handouts and the like!


    But they and Labour voters do not come into the equation of "National unity" Why Not????

    Well because it appears they did not want - the labour party that is - a wider coalition - does that answer your question.

    I was an old labour voter and campaigner - in a time when they were socialists. Until they once again become a true labour party and I can´t see that under Millbrand - I shall remain a floating voter.

  • Comment number 67.

    Yes it will work. Cameron and Clegg have been almost alone in being prepared to truly compromise narrow party gain for the national interest. The coalition will challenge many people's thinking. The churlish reaction of the dinosaurs - Blunkett, Heseltine, Tories sitting on big, fat safe seats, the disgraceful Rifkind (and even, until they wake up, Balls, Campbell and the rest of Labour) must be rejected. Fiscal and economic stability are now the 100% priority - or we're all up the swanny. Success here will surely clear the way for sorting the other national priority - voting reform. It could work.

  • Comment number 68.

    Just had a strange thought: if this coalition is an incredible success heralding a new Golden Age, etc., in 5 years time, even with PR, it will be almost impossible to re-elect it. How could you guarantee the return of a coalition you like?

  • Comment number 69.

    It seems infinitely preferable to the dead hand of Gordon.

    And they look like they're going to do the right thing by Equitable Life pensioners too!

  • Comment number 70.

    1. First we had this lib dem media boost (for the first time ever?).
    2. Then the public kind of bottled it and the libs fared worse than the polls expected.
    3. Now they have ministers in cabinet and Clegg is the deputy PM.
    4. Something fishy going on????

    I ask myself how much enmity there really was between the libs and cons before the election. Remember Osborn and Mandelson having tea together? Now the BBC are in rapturous surprise because the two are so chummy. Comes over a bit too over exaggerated BBC.

  • Comment number 71.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 72.

    Re: Message 25. I agree that many strains of Thatcherism were particularly nasty and many suffered cruelly at her govt.'s - especially those in the public sector. I have not forgotten.

    However many (more?) have suffered over the last few years and will continue to suffer more as the wreckage is cleared.

    Are we really to believe that had the boot been on the other foot Labour would have extended the arm of friendship to their suffering friends in the blue camp? No. Of course not.

    The fact is Labour have to serve some, nay a lot, of penance for bringing this country to moral bankruptcy and economic misery. They have been more economical with the truth than with this country's debt ratio.
    That all being said I can not share other people's enthusiasm in respect of the new coalition although there are one or two good names from both parties Cable/IDS(he is not the far-right maverick people fear)/Gove.

    I do hope Labour come back a stronger unit after their purification in the wilderness....they could start by choosing D. Milliband ahead of Balls and reconnecting with their core members and floating voters like me

  • Comment number 73.

    Yes.i think this could work because of the personalities of the people involved. They are paid to do a job ,not to become tv personalities anyway. Cameron and Clegg seem very cool, so far. I think that there were/are a few flawed(ego wise!) members of the ,now,opposition. Could be good , we couldn't just drift on as we were.

  • Comment number 74.

    I am very disappointed with the shortage of women in the government, and the sexism of the BBC's reporting. The Cabinet contains only two women, yet this has attracted no comment from the BBC. Instead, you have referred to the nomination of a senior Tory woman to the Home Office as "the big surprise" of the day, and coverage of Theresa May and Baroness Warsi has mentioned their marital status, how many children they have, and May's footwear. Men are not trivialised in this way. The BBC should know better. After all the recent advances made by women in politics, how did we go so far backwards so quickly?
    Dr. Rainbow Murray
    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Comment number 75.

    Cameron and Clegg can smile for the cameras and say sweet words that they are friends now, but I wish Clegg could say a word or two to the many people who voted tactically in the attempt to keep the Tories out of government. I know quite a few people who are regretting voting for the so-called Liberals. It's a mistake I don't think they will be making again.

    I guess Clegg is hoping that the election is far enough away for people to forget this.

  • Comment number 76.

    I think that this "coalition" will work for the Tories,the Tory plan seems to be to alter our political constitution to enable the Tory party to become the only party in power.Once the honeymoon is over Nick will realise that he has made a terrible mistake.Budgets for the regional assemblies will be drastically cut,budgets for the devolved parliaments will be slashed but independence will not be the result of being set financially adrift.Key Liberal policies will disappear and put-by Tory ones will reappear,like magic.I give the "coalition"a year at most before the Liberals walk out in shame and disgust at Tory manipulation and dissembling.I hope I'm wrong but I think this is a dark day for British democracy,the beginning of the end...

  • Comment number 77.

    what these buffoons klegg and cameron dont relies is our economy is bust and the fact is the country is on a downward spiral to nothingness like Greece who we have spent more of our necessary hard earned cash on bailing out. within the next six months other countries will follow greece and we will be dragged in to it as well i think these politician are living in cookoo land and just wont acknowledge that we are in dire straights.i dont wish to sound like the profit of doom but we as a once manufacturing country are now a nation of non manufacturing.

  • Comment number 78.

    con-demn the con-dems? I'll be going then...

  • Comment number 79.

    What it proves is what many suspected that political manifestos are a waste of paper.

    That politicians will do anything for power.

  • Comment number 80.

    Britain isn't used to coalition governments, so obviously a lot of people are apprehensive. However, Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg are doing a great job, as far as I'm concerned.

    I'm from Holland, where we always have coalition governments, with politicians stressing differences during the campaign, even though they're certain they're going to have to work together after the election. So think nothing of this.

    And the forming of a government takes months! It's unbelievable how quickly everything's gone in the UK.

    Having to make compromises can work and in a way it's the only logical outcome when no party manages to get a majority.

  • Comment number 81.

    I hope good things happen, I have always wanted proportional representation in our voting system. But not so that the party with the fewest votes can be the king maker at every election. Lets face it under PR it would be nearly impossible for any party to get 50% so Lib Dem would always decide policy from 3rd place, what is representative about that. We vote for an MP not a party to be in charge, each MP should vote as their constituency wants them to, not as party politics dictate. This would be the only fair way to move forward, this would be the only true democracy. A plague on both your houses.

  • Comment number 82.

    At 5:31pm on 12 May 2010, rockhallfame wrote:

    "Time to go Thatcher on the Unions then isnt it."


    Typical Tory think tank.

  • Comment number 83.

    Next election:

    Who would want to vote for the LibDems?
    The "Progressive" voters ??
    Anyone wanting a Tory Govt ???
    So, just WHO ????

    HELLO - Libdem anyone ??????
    ...There you go!

    => Libdems will shrink to Microscopic size.
    => AV if introduced will not help Libdems anymore for lack of strength.
    Constituency boundaries will be gerrymandered to suit Tories.
    => Labour would have to gain a lot of votes just to keep their share of seats the same, not to mention winning the election.

    => Outright Tory Majority - easily.
    Well done, Mr. Cameron. You are smart.

  • Comment number 84.

    All governments work for a while. Give it two or three years and we will all be clamouring for change (again) !

  • Comment number 85.

    You must remember that these two people are very media savvy, of course their press conference looked good. But there are some pretty nasty facts behind this.
    David Cameron has in effect 'brought' the LIb-Dem Party. I and many others, including many Lib-Dem members can see it. If this is the price Nick Clegg was hawking himself for with the Labour Party then it is to their credit that he was told to clear off.
    I must admit, as a life-long Labour supporter I was worried that the party was abandoning its core support and idealogy in its quest for the middle ground. To my own dismay I was considering the Lib-Dem the party was now nearest my own convictions. But in the end I just had an instinct and stuck with Labour. O how glad I am that I did. I cannot imagine how I would have felt if I had given a vote to a party that put the Tories in power.
    I am sure I am not the only one that is feeling this. Trying to control Lib-Dems is like trying to herd cats. This is not going to last, despite all the hot air being used to prop it up. Tories press machine in full flight with their buddies in the press.
    Yes cuts will be made. We will be urged to make sacrifices. But Cameron is in power to make sure that the 'we' does not include his chums and backers. For a supposedly left of centre party how is Clegg going to deal with that. Nick Cleggs prostitution of his party will earn him the name 'Bendover Clegg' or 'Cameron's Poodle' before long as he tries to justify the actions of the Tories, and a large number of the Lib-Dem membership find out they have in effect joined the Tories.

    Interesting days ahead, it will not last

  • Comment number 86.

    My God they've only gone and done it! - an error of Titanic proportions - they've allowed the Boy Blunder to stay on s Chancellor. This empty headed muppet couldn't steer a dinghy in a pond let alone be trusted at the helm of the UK economy.

    Should have gone to Specsavers! They have Vince Cable - what on earth are they playing at??!

  • Comment number 87.

    Like most new, ground-breaking ventures, it will work if those sponsoring it are determined to make it work. Both Cameron and Clegg have, so far, given a clear message that they and most of their parliamentary party membership genuinely have this determination. There will be those who will seek every opportunity to disparage the coalition for their own self-interest (Salmon has already staked his claim on behalf of the SNP that this is his intention). The road ahead will not be smooth, not least because of the dire economic crisis they have inherited, but there is no reason on earth why this apparently disparate alliance should not succeed in bringing a fresh and innovative approach to British politics from which, hopefully, we may all benefit.

    Let us not forget that Blair and New Labour came to power in 1997 with 418 seats and a working majority of over 90 - and the almost total lack of accountability that accompanied this - with no more than 43.2% of the national vote.

  • Comment number 88.

    Yes of course it will work.

    When you are both in the same lifeboat and you've only got one island of safety to row to, then you work together or you both perish. I wish the press and its baying hounds would just give these guys a break and let them get on with their job of getting us all out of the pooh that we're in.

    When we get to the island of safety in 4-5 years time, then all bets will be off. By that time we, the electorate, might just have got used to idea of collaborative politics. Both these leaders have risked a lot for this coalition. Let them get on with it and let the extremes of both parties get a grip and grow up before they become an irrelevance.

  • Comment number 89.

    As an Etonian, the sense in Eton College is excited; not because Cameron is an OE (although there was a bit of champagne going round last night), but that this was a new dawn for Britain.

    I've been really impressed by both Clegg and Cameron. They've played a fair game and come up with something that I think will be good for the people, good for politics and good for Britain. I'm slightly overwhelmed that they are Lib Dem cabinet members and Clegg is Deputy PM. This is an amazing time to be a Lib Dem and I'm more enthused with politics than I have ever been...!

  • Comment number 90.

    It will work.... for a time.

    Question is, how long will it last?

  • Comment number 91.

    Changing the criteria for a no confidence vote to 55% is undemocratic - it means that the minority Conservatives could stay in power even if every single other party opposes them. It reeks of rigging the system and grabbing the power that a majority would have without being voted into that position.

    Weren't the Conservatives talking about a transfer of power away from government to parliament before the election? Then why are they doing the exact opposite? A sad day for democratic accountability.

  • Comment number 92.

    The UK is run by neither leaders nor MPs. It is run by business interests and financiers - whose views form a huge part of ministerial thinking.

  • Comment number 93.

    It might work - at least for a while. While the new government is working its way through the policies that have been agreed over the last week the two parties should be able to cleave together. I'm reminded, though, of Harold MacMillan's famous response to the being asked what had been the hardest thing he's had to deal with as PM - "Events, dear boy. Events". If something unforeseen occurs to which the two parties would normally respond very differently, or if things go badly and one party thinks it's getting too much of the blame, then things could unravel very fast.

    Which is why, by the way, I am fundamentally opposed to fixed Parliaments being enacted without a referendum. If things go belly-up we, the electorate, should have the right to vote on a new government, rather than having the faces re-shuffled. I understand the argument in favour of fixed parliaments, but we do not have enough checks and balances in our system to make it a good idea in this country.

  • Comment number 94.

    How ironic that we all thought the Liberal Party had more in common with the Labour party but now they have been consumed by the Tory Party. I guess we are now down to just two major parties in the UK. I will never trust the Liberals again and I don't think they can ever seriously suggest they are an independent party any more.

  • Comment number 95.

    No it won't work for the country but it will work for the privileged minority. Nick will be buried and the privileged party will, again, sell us all out to their school buddies.
    I for one will be standing and fighting them every step. This is not just a country for the privileged.

  • Comment number 96.

    "Will the new coalition work?" - No idea but I hope so.

    Historic is an overused word - so lets just enjoy the honeymoon after the marriage.

    Gordon Brown has not even left and David Milliband has demanded the job. I don't think he is any match for Cleggy or Cameron.

  • Comment number 97.

    As an Englishman currently living in Germany observing the election and its outcome from a distance has been fascinating. Equally fascinating is the number of comments being posted by people in the same adversarial style of politics we apparently loath from our politicians. We have voted for new politics and should hope that, for all the obvious difficulties that lie ahead, it works. If not we are simply treading water until old politics returns - and then we can complain about that!

  • Comment number 98.

    It will stand until the autumn when the rank and file of both parties will open their mouths at the party conferences. Expect vitriol.

  • Comment number 99.

    It amazes me the amount of prejudice dished out to this one day old government by holier than thou labour supporters and those who decided to vote Lib Dem because of a TV show. It seems to be based on ill-informed preconceptions rather than thinking about what would be best for the country at this moment in time. For those Labour supporters, get over yourselves; the left don't have a god given right to govern. For those bandwagon Lib Dem supporters uttering drivel about betrayal; have you actually read the agreement? This is a great chance to see those Lib Dem policies you voted for actually put into legislation; the higher tax allowance, pupil premiums and voting reform to name a few. Yes, concessions have been made on both sides but that's what a coalition is all about. I'm not 100% sure this coalition will work but it was the best option available and I wish them luck in sorting out this economic mess we're in.

  • Comment number 100.

    The coalition will stand until the autumn when the rank and file of both parties will open their mouths at the party conferences. Expect vitriol.

 

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