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What do you think of the coalition government's first 100 days?

03:02 UK time, Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Britain's first coalition government since 1945 is marking its first 100 days in office. How would you rate its performance so far?

In May Prime Minister David Cameron said his "historic" Conservative-led coalition government would be united and provide "strong and stable" leadership.

His deputy, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, acknowledged there were "big risks" but pledged a "bold, reforming government". Together they set their agenda to cut the UK deficit, support troops, clean up politics and build a "stronger society".

What do you think of their achievements so far? Are you happy with the policies which have been introduced? Did you vote for either party? What is your reaction to the way both parties have adapted to being part of a coalition?

Our panel's verdict: thumbs down or thumbs up.

This debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.


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  • Comment number 1.

    I had really thought that we would have seen a more constructive and professional approach after the continued stuttered momentum of Gordon Brown...
    Alas I doubt that many thought that we would receive some absolutely stupid items of agendas to come from this coalition...even after 100 is still early days and hopefully someone will actually decide to put the country into a higher gear...
    Austerity measures seem to be the thing for many European Governments at this time...Labour alas has placed this country well into the mire for my liking and it is going to take some time to turn things around...but please no more stupid ideas like tinkering with time...if anything needs sorting and full stop is the economy...recovery then can be well under way and this can mean 'New Jobs' being created...
    I don't conceive to have the answers...that is what Government is there for...Brown simply plastered over the cracks that much that there was always a danger of catching up Greece...that we don't want.
    Lets hope that Cameron and Clegg and their coalition can really begin to move things forward...we've waited long enough for it...

  • Comment number 2.

    The Join leadership players are in a relaxed mood which is a good start.

  • Comment number 3.

    Our government still has not agreed to adopting a near-zero CO2 plan, and cannot even build any new council houses during this time. Must do better! F

  • Comment number 4.

    Not particularly impressed. I thought being a coalition there would be more thought / consultation before anything was said. Unfortunately there are still kneejerk statements and ill considered policy announcements which does not fill me with confidence for the future. he emphasis on financial cuts without any information on how they are going improve job prospects shows a one dimensional approach. The fact that all the policies are geared to how to save money from the welfare state but nothing is being done to ensure thr rich pay their dues shows no change in Tory ethics. Lib-Dems seem to be more interested in individual positions rather than moderating Thatcherite type excesses. Add all that to the fact there still seems to be more spin than substance and I see the same "if he's not worth a million he's not worth listening to' politics of the last lot in governement.

    Could do better but can't be bothered - is likely to fail the test of time.

  • Comment number 5.

    Lets see how everyone feels when thousands upon thousands start losing their jobs and some will also lose their homes...
    but of course, there are so many people out there who are salavating at the thought of all those civil servants/public sector workers who are going to lose their jobs... not realising that they are just trying to earn a living.. Strange country we live in, where people rub their hands with glee at the thought of others losing their jobs.
    This government is cutting too much too soon... lets see the mess the country in is this time next year.... and the anger that results from it..

  • Comment number 6.

    To be frank it has been dire.

    It has been as dire as I worried about following the troubled threesome in action during the election campaign. Brown, the only leader, his past guaranteeing his future, Cameron and Clegg the schoolboys squabbling over an unattainable girl.

    The naive slash and burn. The silly 'constitutional stitch-up'. The daft 'Big Society'. The pathetic 'housing refenda'. The awful slips of the tongue.

    Actually it has been worse than dire. It has been a nightmare. And, like all nightmares, it is only going to get worse.

  • Comment number 7.

    Typical ConDem coalition made up of millionaires from inherited wealth and unpatriotic businessmen who avoid paying British tax and then call the British workers lazy and shiftless because they don't work for starvation wages. The health and education of our children will be compromised and our old people who have paid taxes will be abandoned in favour of cheap overseas labour and sound bites.

  • Comment number 8.

    I don't have much to say about this government yet as imo they have not done a great deal yet
    lets see what November and the budget brings

  • Comment number 9.

    What do you think of the coalition government's first 100 days?

    Being honest, it's pants isn't it? "Hit the gound running?" More like hit the ground and still digging towards the Earth's core. At this rate it won't be long before people take to the streets rioting and looting.

    Since, people were turned away from the polling stations at the last election, without being permitted to cast their vote, it's only fair that a General election is immediately called.

  • Comment number 10.

    Since they have been in office they have tried to take all the credit for any good news that has come along, conveniently forgetting it was nothing to do with their policies (what ever they are) that brought it about. I think we have seen the biggest turn around of morals and values between two parties we are ever likely to see again. If I was a Liberal Democrat or a Conservative seeing all I had worked for over the years just cast aside so that my party could form part of a government I would be very disappointed and tell them so, I wouldn't be able to keep my mouth shut and become like the ostrich with its head in the sand. Sadly this country is losing its way and words like, moral, uprightness, honesty, integrity have become dirty words and no longer fashionable. When you see the bowing and scraping between the two coalition party's just to gain a bit of power then its understandable this county is not held in very high esteem by others.

  • Comment number 11.

    What achievements? They're made lots of announcements (quite a few of them that did not appear in any party or coalition manifesto like scrapping the PCTs) but the only thing they seem to have done is sack several thousand people, make clanger after clanger (Gove), attack the poor and undefended as scroungers and get every economic expert to lower our chance of recovery. Oh and the Lib-Dems betraying practically every promise and principle they had.

    And this is before they make over 1.3million people unemployed and bet their entire government on the private sector creating more jobs in 5 years than they did in the previous 13 years.

    The first 100 days has shown how devoid from reality they are. They're making policy for ideological reasons not economic reasons, trying to socially engineer British society into their dream vision where the 'market' decides what services there are and everyone has the 'freedom to choose'... and if you don't have any money to pay for those choices then that's your fault because you 'chose' to be poor.

  • Comment number 12.

    Just like the one before and the one before that, etc. etc. As has been pointed out, the public are there to be fleeced, NOT helped.

  • Comment number 13.

    so far its been a lot of hot air...not much more, its been a bit of a damp squib, suppose that will change when the tory kicking happens.

  • Comment number 14.

    A decent start. Let's see what the spending review brings.

    And, let's face it

  • Comment number 15.

    A decent start. Let's see what the November spending review brings.

    And, let's face it, even if my judgement on them were much worse, how could anything be worse than Labour and Gordon Brown?

  • Comment number 16.

    As and when one bears intense Love towards the good of the General Public as a whole in one’s heart, everything automatically put into place by itself for our good instead of becoming haphazard to see ourselves nonperformance of one. This is always the outcome of Love which we often call miracle out of ignorance. Since Mr. David Cameron bears enough of Love within his heart to see wellbeing of the Country than to himself or to the party he is representing, we expect that it shall do wonder sooner or later to the Country, he is Leading; irrespective of his age count or strength of the Party in the Parliament. Therefore, the first 100 days is not exactly a measuring stick to calculate the amount of Love he is bearing in the heart towards the common us.

    Under the circumstances, we sincerely expect that all shall extend help to him considering his inadequacy in holding of enough of experience in the line and ignore doing of some mistakes here and there in exactly expressing his mind while making an approach to a Particular Subject of interest for the overall benefit to the Country. Let us now make a congenial atmosphere within us as far as practicable to embrace the occasion.

    (Dr.M.M.HAZARIKA, PhD)

  • Comment number 17.

    Don't know what I think I'm too busy having to get the money together to move from where I have lived for the last 23 years to find work, as they seem hell bent on closing down as many 'counties' as they possibly can. Lastest news here in Cornwall, 2,000 jobs to go at the council by the end of the year, admin staff being cut back at RCHT, and now half the staff at the job center have been given notice. The way they are going they will end up trying to sort out a country that has a mass of unemployed, a mass of homeless people and all over the age of 30, with no help whatsoever. What they are doing isn't going to help the deficit it's going to add to it when all the unemployed and low paid are claiming benefits.
    Unless they start thinking about the long term effects their pathetic attempts so far are having, they are going to disappear into the political crap pot for years.
    There certainly seems to be room for another political party, Labour have burnt their boats, this coalition seem to be hell bent on doing the same. They may as well just outsource this country because they don't seem in the slightest bit interested in making employment opportunities for people just unemployment opportunities.
    Time to stop scoring points off each other and either work together WITH THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE including the non millionaires or get out.
    And I don't care if Cameron did pay for his new kitchen himself, a lot of people are in danger of having no house to put a kitchen in.

  • Comment number 18.

    Have they actually done anything?

  • Comment number 19.

    I think they're doing what they have to do, and the bite is only beginning to set in, in my area of the South West work has simply dried up, its going to get a lot worse before it gets better and those who thought they could spend money they haven't got on the latest flash 4x4 and other gadgets are going to start wriggling pretty soon.

  • Comment number 20.

    Pragmatic objectivity and realism have enabled the coalition to grow from strength to strength. Initially the mere idea of Conservatives and Liberals cohabiting seemed unthinkable. Strange bedfellows but they have defied the odds!. Still the Conservatives call the shots. In reality the Liberal Democrats are the junior partners. David Cameron has come out of the 100-day exercise smelling of roses! Labour is still licking its wounds.

  • Comment number 21.

    A very weak start. There is room for significant improvement. Cameron is becomming known as the lame duck and ineffectual premier. My advice to him is - hammer the corrupt politicians, greedy bankers, incompetent police officers and civil servants, clear out the illegal immigrants, bring back capital punishment for serious crimes and send other criminals to not very comfortable jails, make company directors and corporate shareholders liable for business failures and VOILA - the expenses crisis, financial crisis, corruption crisis, housing crisis, rising crime crisis and business confidence crisis are solved.

  • Comment number 22.

    It's too early to make lasting judgements. However, I'm encouraged that they have made sensible noises about things like "end of war on motorists" (tax cameras, parking cowboys etc) and reassessed spending priorities. I'm expecting that, with two sets of dogma now to be accommodated within the govt, we should now see far less of the crazier dogma-driven policy making we've had from single-party governments of the past, simply because there is a broader range of political views to be accommodated within the cabinet.

    But, it's far too early to make any firm judgements on them as yet. The real test is how they handle the inevitable mob reaction there will be to the massive spending cuts now under way.

    I do still feel that the coalition is a welcome change from the tidal "buggins turn" politics that have prevailed in my lifetime and which have been increasingly divisive and wasteful.

    Alan T

  • Comment number 23.

    still havent scrapped the human rights act. or acknowledged how wind power is useless. and havent cut the state enough. 4 words: not gone far enough.

  • Comment number 24.

    It would be difficult to do worse than the previous bunch of clowns, who have left this country mired in debt, an unwinnable war in Afghanistan (leaving 331 of our children dead), 179 dead children in an illegal Iraq war, rampant and uncontrolled immigration, broken health service, bloated and useless Public Sector, farcical and bizarre H&S regulations that have made us an Ambulance-chasing parody of USA, unruly, disrespectful and alchol-abusing youths, combat-zone town centres filled with drunken and unruly monsters, highest illiteracy rates in Europe, highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe, most unemployable workforce in Europe, benefit-dependent layabouts, prisons full, country full, bankers living in opulence at the expense of the taxpayers, corrupt politicians milking the taxpayer for all they are worth, ASBOs treated as a badge of honour etc etc etc etc etc etc.
    Could it really be any worse? From now on Things Can Only Get Better, as the Labour theme tune used to ring out. Oh how wrong could they have been!!!!!
    First 100 days - awesome in comparison. Good luck to them, the Coalition have a mountain to climb.

  • Comment number 25.

    If I were one of the vulnerable that both parties pledged to protect, living on long term benefits and living in a council house, I think I'd be feeling pretty worried after this first 100 days. Luckily for me, I am a public sector worker so am enjoying working in a demotivated organisation, waiting for excessive cuts that will effect frontline services and not be created by efficiencies, despite what has been said so far, and watching every single Labour initiative being thrown out, whether it was good or not.

  • Comment number 26.

    There seems to be a more settled approach to things with more visibility of the PM and not the desperate approach and shying away in the shadows that GB had. In fact he ahs seemed to have once again disappeared into obscurity
    It was made fairly clear that some drastic measures were needed to start the road to recovery and the current government are finding that the starting position is actually worse than first thought.
    What will will never know is, had Lab retained the majority would things have been any different 100 days in or would stealth tax after stealth tax have been introduced to cover up the overspending.
    Whilst its less popular to tell people the bad news and be up front about how bad things are at least there's a sense of honesty. The previous government would have you think all is rosey and life is wonderful whilst pulling the rug out from under you.

  • Comment number 27.

    Oh excellent. The media arm of new-labour known as the BBC opens up another tory and liberal bashing session.

    I can't stand any of the political parties. They are all in it for themselves. What I really don't like is that I am effectively supporting the labour party through my license fee.

  • Comment number 28.

    So far we have a couple of independently wealthy blokes playing monopoly with the economy and people's lives. The only certain thing is that we aren't 'all in it together'.

  • Comment number 29.

    From what the government is now saying as to how they will make savings,
    will they be personally affected by cuts for winter fuel allowance for the elderly, the huge rises in costs for everyday food, clothes, warmth, electricity, gas? Of course not. They will still be cocooned by their huge wages and all the freebies in their homes and Parliament that they greedily assume is their absolute right, subsidised by the public who will be the ones to suffer the stress of making ends meet and wondering how much longer will they be able to keep up the payments on their homes.
    It is the governments mess. They made the decisions. Let them pay for it. This government is doing the same as all previous governments in letting Joe public suffer for their mistakes.

  • Comment number 30.

    I find it hilarious. They haven't been in four months yet, and the media and labour lickspittles are at it already. If it's an idea by Labour it's 'great idea, will work' if it's the coalition ' everyone's going to suffer, they've got it wrong'. It always amazes me that pure unadulterated failures are the ones who always know best. The coalition have more than likely only managed to get to the true state of the economy, information refused by McClown et al. In any mutual pact there will always be disagreements, that's life. But Cameron and Clegg have got to be careful and not go back on too many manifesto pledges or their reign won't be for long. Also the dirty tricks played by Labour just before the election shows only self interest, not the good of the nation by pledging millions to so many causes knowing full well the next government would have to veto them, in any case if thay had got back in power how were they going to pay for them, more dodgy borrowing? Give the coalition afighting chance, judge them on their merits not on hearsay by the losers.

  • Comment number 31.

    I just wish them the best of luck because they will need it.
    After a decade & a half in the Western/developed world of casual overspending & borrowing by governments of whatever political shade allied to reckless banks lending to spendthrift consumers, several countries (including the UK) are not far off bankruptcy.
    The key to it will be the Coalition partners keeping unruly backbenchers in line.
    Clearing up the mess will involve a lot of pain, & if this lot succeed I suspect they will end up respected more than liked.

  • Comment number 32.

    the government are trying to do the best for every body. it is early days yet and only time will tell if people are prepared to work along with them or carry on in their selfish ways. i wouldnt like their job. you cant please all of the people all of the time or even some of it!!

  • Comment number 33.

    Things always seem great when you are racking up a massive credit card bill, they are the good times, you never feel quite so good when it has to be paid off.

    Well said Chris comment 24, I am sick to death of New Labour or Old Labour supporters coming on here and telling everyone how rosy things were under Labour and how awful they are now even though the new Government is only a few months old.

    What I really disliked about New Labour was the spin machine where in my opinion they often told you the opposite of what they were actually doing in practice, that kind of dark arts propaganda really messes with your mind. I really wonder whether those in the Labour party have any morals left or whether they are just in it for the game now.

  • Comment number 34.

    Post 27 Hey Tory Boy see you only Believe in the Free Press if it is SKY.Why when someone says the truth about the squatters in downing street are they attacked as supporting Labour.I voted Lib Dem which for those of you who do not understand,I did not want Tory Boy running the country.The problem being now Glegg by supporting Compo has destryed the Lib Dem vote, something I think Simon Hughes is starting to get the Jitters over.

  • Comment number 35.

    All they have done is start a double dip recession by announcing job they not realize that people will not spend if they know they are going to be out of a job...VAT to be increased less spending again. Asking us to do their job for them with the "Big Society" gimmick. I was right when I saw the two of the "leaders" together..Tweedledee and Tweedledum just like their policies a joke.

  • Comment number 36.

    I think the problem here is they have not made any decisions yet just a lot of hot air.But you should have knew this was coming as Cameron would say whatever he thought was popular on the day.Now he has squatted with his Lackie in Downing Street and has to make decisions he is found wanting.

  • Comment number 37.

    Given that a day is a long time in politics, a 100 days without major fall outs must be judged a success.

  • Comment number 38.

    However good, bad or indifferent one thinks the Coalition Government is, and it is still VERY early days, one consolation is that no matter how hard they try, they cannot possibly be worse than Labour was.

    PLEASE can the media stop speculating about how long the Coalition will last, will the two parties have some kind of electoral pact (in 4+ years time for goodness sake!), etc., etc. It is FAR too early to be able to form any judgement of any value. Opinion polls? Who cares!

  • Comment number 39.

    More has been achieved in policy and promoting polical justice than Labour achieved in 13 disasterous years. Sadly that isn't saying too much. There is still too much back bench complaining though - one thing to offer alternative views - another to be just stubbornly disruptive and there is still too much backbench carping from both coalition parties, from individuals who need to remind themselves they still have much to do to convince the British public they are not wasters. Simon Hughes comments today on a Lib Dem veto were also unhelpful and prima donnish from someone who has a shot at government and should thank his lucky stars he has.

  • Comment number 40.

    I think the tories are a disgrace they were bad the last time and we still let them in. the coalition is a joke what coalition it is all tory lib dem have no say whats so ever. Yes they say they are cutting back understand that and getting people off benefits that is a lie as they are cuting jobs so by my account this must mean if people lose jobs they are going on benefits not there fault thet need to live somehow. How i see it the government is saving from Local authorites but they are paying out more in benefits who is doing the maths here.

  • Comment number 41.

    You know the saying there are lies and there are dammed lies-that just about sums up this shambles of a coalition.They have followed the typical politicians path which we have seen for the last 100 years instead of the "new" begining promised.Nick Clegg & Co made the wrong choice and threw there lot in with a bunch of spivs and they will pay a terrible price poltically.As for politics in general,it has been discredited for so many years now that the people are tired of those who would rule us.Its time for the people to have a bit of courage and take back their country or they will never break free of this so called democracy.

  • Comment number 42.

    The coalition remind me of tweedledum and tweedledee - both mean well but both conflcit each other at every turn.

    If you scratch beneath the veneer of the coalition you will find that many MPs are seething on both Tory and Lib Dems sides which each others schizophrenic policies.

    I wish them the best of luck for the future but the cynic in means says that it won't last simply because they are oil and water and if it wasn't for the promise of the proportional vote referendum then it wouldn't have lasted this long.

    On another note it seems GB and his policies were right because it now seems the condems are backtracking to his previous tune. Go fiure eh.

  • Comment number 43.

    It's only been 100 days? Arrrr crud.

    We're doomed.

    Not only has Mr. Two-Faced proven he is two faced (seriously couldn't pepole count before?) his Cleggy has proven to be his mini-me. And mini-me has taken his party political ideal and used them to bludgeon his party, his voters and a sizable chunk of the public in to a submissive pile of goo before burning them to appease Mr. Two-Faced and his (in)glorious Host of private sector owning chums.

  • Comment number 44.

    comment 24 tories not much better watch this space, most of what you have said is not all down to labour as for benefits it will get worse and who is in yes who TORIES who are cutting jobs left right and centre. We have to take some of the responisibilty ourselves as some of us don't want to work they are just plain lazy.

  • Comment number 45.

    After 100 days the poor and public sector workers have been hit when are the middle classes going get their share of the pain like the rest of us

  • Comment number 46.

    I'm still wondering when they will do something constructive. So far it's been a lot of hot air as far as the general public are concerned but I suspect it's been a lot more constructive when it comes to the big boys with the money.

    Dave and Nick remind me of two very naughty schoolboys who will crumple like burst balloons when they are found out. Is anyone really taking this shower of goons seriously.

    Ah well we can but hope.

  • Comment number 47.

    I think it's completely unacceptable that we have a perfectly good HYS topic served up to allow all the usual entrenched opinions to come out in a spleen venting orgy and we have got all the way to comment 50 without anyone comparing them to Hitler or the Nazis.

    This deterioration in ranting standards is a direct result of the current government policy. Probably.

  • Comment number 48.

    I would give on a scale of 1-10 the coalition a vote of about -5.

    The crucial point for Lib Dem supporters will come with the vote on electoral reform next year.

    If an alliance of Tories,right wing press and self serving Labour leads to this not being passed I believe that most Lib Dem supporters ,who are already disenchanted with their leadership, will feel that remaining in bed with the Tories is just maintaining a right wing extremist Tory administration for no discernible benefit for the country or party.

    Any Lib Dem MP's who participate in Government after that time will be committing political suicide and are likely to return the Lib Dems to the voting levels achieved in the 1950'S and 60's of less than 10%.

    If this vote is lost I strongly suspect we will be talking General election this time next year.

  • Comment number 49.

    The Lib Dems: "Simon Hughes calls for Lib Dem coalition veto"

    This is the real face of PR, power handed to the smallest group that can make a majority.

    The Lib Dems disgust me with their PR agenda.

  • Comment number 50.

    They don't seem to have done too badly so far... but then they don't seem to have done much so far. Perhaps they're taking a more cautious and sensible approach and finding out really what needs doing before they do it, or perhaps they're just a bit stunned by the scale of the task... hard to tell.

    They have at least scrapped ID cards. But they have also appear to have made some unnecessarily petty and damaging cuts, which will harm the country more than the tiny amount of money they save (particularly regarding new schools). And yet, they've avoided taking really big, simple decisions which the opportunity to do so would have been better in the first 10 days, not the first 100 - like leaving Afghanistan. It's much easier to do that when you can simply tear up the policy of a previous discredited government on the spot, than when you have to go back on something you have kept up doing for months and so implicitly gone along with. They're going to be forced into it anyway, so it wold have been better to just get it over with and be able to take the decision on principle.

    They've also failed to immediately reverse some of the worst rushed-through laws and decisions of the dying days of the Labour government, such as the Digital Economy Bill and the knee-jerk 'emergency' (and as it turns out, incorrectly attributed) ban on mephedrone.

    But Clegg is right - it's far too soon to judge them. Their biggest achievement so far is the commitment to stable fixed-term parliaments, not paying any attention to the bad losers calling for a re-run of the election, and removing the power of the sitting government to pick the date of the next one for their own advantage. Finally, we might rid the country of the system of vested interests digging themselves in until the country can bear it no more, followed by a violent swing to the other extreme. Even five years of not doing very much at all would be better than that.

  • Comment number 51.

    Personally for me and many other work colleagues - a disaster. I'm a public sector worker in fear of losing my job. My pay has aleady been cut and now its frozen for 2 years. My meagre pension of £7000 a year after 28 years service is under threat as well.My family and other work colleagues have cut spending - no new car, cancelling plans to do improvement work in homes, holidaying at home and generally starting to cutback on all spending. If this is happening to public sector workers in the UK then a DOUBLE DIP is on its way. The house market here is frozen with fear as well - you couldnt give your house away. Private sector business is being hit by fear and the fact that public sector workers who fear that they could be put on the dole aren't spending! This CONSERVATIVE government is using the deficit to make Maggie Thatchers cuts look like a walk in the park!

  • Comment number 52.

    It would be difficult to do worse than the previous bunch of clowns, who have left this country mired in debt, an unwinnable war in Afghanistan (leaving 331 of our children dead), 179 dead children in an illegal Iraq war, rampant and uncontrolled immigration, broken health service, bloated and useless Public Sector, farcical and bizarre H&S regulations that have made us an Ambulance-chasing parody of USA, unruly, disrespectful and alchol-abusing youths, combat-zone town centres filled with drunken and unruly monsters, highest illiteracy rates in Europe, highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe, most unemployable workforce in Europe, benefit-dependent layabouts, prisons full, country full, bankers living in opulence at the expense of the taxpayers, corrupt politicians milking the taxpayer for all they are worth, ASBOs treated as a badge of honour etc etc etc etc etc etc.

    To get so many inaccuracies and exaggerations in One (admittedly overlong) sentence is an achievement in itself.
    Well done!

    Have a little lie down to celebrate.

  • Comment number 53.

    I mild ripple of optimism did present itself when this new Con-Lib government was formed. I for one was not worried at all by the prospect of a hung parliament or no one party having a majority. But I understood the Lib Dems reasons for coalition, if not their choice of partner.

    However, without a shadow of a doubt the Lib Dems are the ones who should hang their heads in shame, never ever will I vote for them.

    Because what we have ended up with is a Thatcher esk Conservative government whose only policy seems to be CUT CUT CUT the public sector. We are returning to the 80s it seems, and what is more the cuts are being made faster and deeper.

    I saw through Dave’s lies pre election, but I expected better from Mr Clegg, I think we all did, but what his party has become is nothing short of pathetic. They have a few token half measures to show for their fall to the dark side… where is the 10k tax break, where is PR, where are the very policies people voted for! It is a betrayal I believe will haunt them for many years.

    To be honest, the whole lot sicken me with their sound bite politics. We need real politicians, not media slaves.

  • Comment number 54.

    At 06:31am on 18 Aug 2010, The Ace Face wrote:
    What do you think of the coalition government's first 100 days?

    Being honest, it's pants isn't it? "Hit the gound running?" More like hit the ground and still digging towards the Earth's core. At this rate it won't be long before people take to the streets rioting and looting.

    Since, people were turned away from the polling stations at the last election, without being permitted to cast their vote, it's only fair that a General election is immediately called.
    And how many elections would you need until you would be satisfied. I would have thought any person capable of rational thought would be prepared to see how the government developes and whether thier policys are effective.
    The way you use the expression "At this rate it won't be long before people take to the streets rioting and looting" it is almost as though you want that to happen.
    This attitude will not help the country and I find it somewhat strange anyone would want that.
    Of course the (and I like the expression) labour lickspittles would never be satisfied whatever the outcome of the coalition policys.

  • Comment number 55.

    The first coalition cabinet meeting began with the line "This is the first coalition government in 65 years.".
    Obviously the Lib/Lab 77-78 government didn't count.

    The millionaire Cameron and the millionaire Clegg have spent the last 100 days trying to pass new rules that mean a coalition can't be removed from power if it no longer has a simple majority, whilst proclaiming how we "Are all in it together".

    Just another government from the rich and for the rich in a long line of governments that don't represent 90% of the public.

    Here's politics in this country:
    'I believe the puppet on the left is the best for the job'
    'I beleive the puppet on the right is more to my liking'
    'Hey wait a minute, there's one guy operating both puppets!'
    'Shut up! Go back to sleep, your government is taking care of you. No money? Then work harder. Oops, no jobs? The stuff you! This is our country, we own it and we resent having to allow an illusion of democracy just so we can take what we made legaly ours just because 'you the people' do all the actual work!'
    -Bill Hicks, 1991.

  • Comment number 56.

    "What is your reaction to the way both parties have adapted to being part of a coalition?" (HYS):

    It's a good thing for the British people that these two Parties are 'putting their heads together' to come up with a decent and proper form of Government for this Country. As the Election showed, we - the Voters - saw clearly that Labour was simply a 'popularist' PC Dinosaur that had allowed it's dogma to destroy the UK.

    Having said that, I do believe that TOO much LibDem dogma is being incorporated into the Coalition's plans, such as seeking to weaken effective and realistic immigration-control and stringent benefit-claims checks.

    By now, the British people KNOW that these 2 issues MUST be dealt with realistically and fairly, if we hope to return this Country to sanity. Our infrastructure and burgeoning Welfare-costs show this VERY clearly.

    It's time OUR responsible People got what THEY have paid for, rather than having it given away so EASILY to those who have contributed NOTHING...

  • Comment number 57.

    I am glad we kicked out the so called new labour party as they have totally bankrupt this nation. What I find so very sad is the continued spin we get from Cameron and his side kick Clegg. Can the press challenge these politicians every time they say 'we are in this together'. They should be asked, 'what life essentials have they sacrificed due to the inability to pay because of their tax increases, benefit reductions etc. Have they had to cut back on food, energy, transport, health care, life essentials? NO they have not. The leader of the nation should not have to be poor. But don not bleat on about being in this together anymore because we are not. We are, your not Cameron, Clegg and the rest of the political elite FACT.

  • Comment number 58.

    However the coalition has performed in the last 100 days is vastly insignificant to how they'll perform during their supposed 5 year stay in office. Long-term, I foresee the exact same position the public were in as we were with Labour or the previous government/s, lots of talking the talk but rarely any walking the walk. Exactly how their policies will affect all of us will become better known after years in office, not 100 or 200 days in office. That's barely enough time to move in all the new furniture into number 10, let alone make the ground-breaking policies needing years for the repercussions to be felt.

  • Comment number 59.

    It is brilliant, wonderful, superlative, like a breath of fresh air.

    I do not want disgruntled Tory's or Lib Dems trying to screw it up!

    This coalition can take this third world dump into the 20th century, and then with luck into the 21st.

    Keep up the good work Nic and Dave.

  • Comment number 60.

    It looks to be more of the same; floundering by amateurs.

    It would be comical if it wasn't so tragic.

    Many of them have blood on their hands with voting for invasion and abortion, and all of them are on the fiddle with their expenses.

    They couldn't run a tap, never mind a country; but we voted them in with our failed electoral system that is for parties not people.

  • Comment number 61.

    Is it 100 days already?

    That must makle it 100 gimmicks come up with so far. How many can I remember? The milk debate, the big idea, British Schools for the future; Caviar George's arms length oversight committee's.

    100 days to add to the 13 years of no government in this country. If they were a serious government instead of coming up with the sound bites and gimmicks they would have made a start on fixing this country.

    Call me Dave is not a Tory, the party elected a Liberated Dimwit masquerading as a Tory as its leader and we are all paying the price now.

    As far as I can see there is no difference. We had John Prescott, now we have Eric Pickles. We had Phoney Tony, now we have Call me Dave, Ed Balls / Michael Gove (Anyone spot the difference between them, I can't). The only people worthwhile in the government are 14 pints Hague and the quiet man of British Politics, Ian Duncan Cough.

    What a way to mark this 100 days with the announcement that Blair's former lackey, Milburn is joining the government. The mans only achievement in government was being being able to put one leg in front
    of the other when getting to the dispatch box; yet now he is going to have some role.

    If we keep going like this, what next? Alistair Campbell helping Andy Coulson get the message across, Gordon Gimmick back to assist the Tresury and Chancellor because of his time there. I can see Blunkett coming up with a solution to ID cards for them.

    100 days! 100 days of pointless press announcement, Oliver Letmewin's bonkers Big idea nonsense and a no difference overall.

    If this government really wanted to save money and make Britain better then they would not be re-arranging the chairs on deck, they would be making real changes and not the pretend ones.

    You want to save money. This would be a start

    1. Get rid of the Scottish parliament, Welsh Assembly and all of Prescott's regional assemblies. They pointless and a duplication of bureaucracy. Give Ulster a referendum to join the Republic
    2. Get rid of the London Assembly, return the money to the council tax payers and only have an elected mayor.
    3. Reverse all the new layers of bureaucracy at local level that Mrs Thatcher got rid of and Labour have re-introduced with interest
    4. Scrap all PFI's immediately and break the contracts of those that are a drain on public funds
    5. Re-nationalise the railways, it costs 10 times more in subsidy now than when they were nationalised and the service is no better, but divideneds for the likes of Beardie have rocketed.
    6. End pointless privatisation. You cannot introduce a profit element into what the state still owns, so privatisation of these is pointless.

    This would be a start and save billions every year, then we can tackle proper welfare reform and all the other problems that are not the fault of labour but the fault of every administration since 1945.

  • Comment number 62.

    Undemocratic. Cameron does answer questions and make speeches, though they are mainly made up, fiction, fantasy and fabrication. Whereas Clegg never answers any questions, he is the biggest avoider, the perfect corrupt politician. 100 days of lies, blame and the continuation of the class conflict and divide. This is not 100 days of anything different, it is the continuation of centuries of totalitarianism.

  • Comment number 63.

    They formed a government to tackle the HUGE problem of the national deficit - so they say.

    Whats with this hundred days? Why is that important?

    Every change at the top is assessed after 100 days, yet this lot have made sure thay are in power for 5 years, doesn't matter what they have done in 100 or a 1000 days.

    Did I tell you, they formed a government to tackle the HUGE problem of the national deficit - so they say.

    One comment I have read is that the implosion of the Labour party has given people the impression that this government won a huge majority, I would agree. When labour decide who will lead them to failure at the next election (I support labour, but the choice at present is dire) we may see this government under better analysis.

    Remember they formed a government to tackle the HUGE problem of the national deficit - so they say.

    I think they are spending too long playing with their new train set. I suppose this is what happens when you have one party in government for over 12 years. The new boys seem to have no idea how to run departments, deal with (un)civil servants etc.

    Did I say that they formed a government to tackle the HUGE problem of the national deficit - so they say.

    We were told it was absolutly necessary to form this government (they formed a government to tackle the HUGE problem of the national deficit - so they say) but they have done NOTHING about any 'crisis'.

    When we get out of the silly-season news wise. When the torees and the Lib Cons have had their triumphal conference. When labour elect their new leader and have completed their usual new leader blood-letting. Then maybe we can get down to some serious politics, any ideas?

    I know, they could tackle the HUGE problem of the national deficit - the reason they formed a government - so they say.

  • Comment number 64.

    100 days is barely enough time to get the foundations down and foundations don't look much but are the most important bit of building.
    What little is seen in many ways seems lightweight, apart from trying to pay back some of our massive debt.
    I imagine at the end of 5 years we will have been dragged a good distnce back to the right. Glaring injustice & inequities will, as usual have been ignored just as they were through 13 yrs of "socialism". (Like taking £1,000's off hard working people for holidays and going Bankrupt the next day. Legal robbery without redress?)
    People will then be fed up of entrenched dogma party views and vote in new, newer, whiter than wonderful Labour who will do nothing but drag it all back to their dogma level on the left and do little or nothing towards a broader fair society. Then we will get fed up of that........and. Prescott demonstrated it perfectly and displayed his great interlect when he said Milburn was a traitor etc to Labour cause (for working in Government to try and better things?) Wonder he didn't take a swing at him for good measure.
    No, still very disenchanted with politicans, full stop.

  • Comment number 65.

    -We are going to have a double dip (all economic indicators point to that). because the cuts have come to fast and all leading Economists like David Blanchflower warning about it.
    -Clegg is the Tea Maker and lost all credibility.
    -Labour and Tories neck and neck in polls (Labour haven't even got a leader)
    -Cameron makes more gaffs than Bush eg "Bomb China", "Claims he's Progressive" (Conservative Progressive ?huh?), "Pakistan "exports terrorism", UK "junior partner", makes a fool of himself in India, as Indian newspapers state they are more interested in America and Germany.
    -Liberals destroyed for ever, and won't be voted in for a generation and a half.
    -Gideon tries to claim fame for the 1.1% growth, despite that happening under Labours watch.

    And this is the Honeymoon period for the Coalition? The cuts haven't even bit in yet! Things can only get better? I think not. Out by April methinks!

  • Comment number 66.

    Am I suffering from Dejavu or wasn’t this question asked last week?

    So here is what I said last time as nothing has changed.

    They have done or said nothing to inspire me but have done enough to scare me and if their plans go according what has been published then we are heading for a major recession and riots on the streets.

    The fact that a minister can announce the scrapping of free milk one day only for Downing street to say that is not the plan tells me that there is something wrong with their internal structure.

    As for David Cameron, for a man who is supposedly so well educated he has demonstrated that he is clearly not with the gaffs he has made so far.

    As for Nick Clegg, Nick Who? Clever those invisible strings.

    Yes we need to get the deficit down but we also need to get the nation working which under the government’s plans will not be the case. My wife is one who could loose her job having lost mine earlier this year and tens of thousands will soon follow.

    They are playing politics with peoples live literally.

    Take the speed camera issue in Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire county council has stopped processing the offences because central government has cut the grant that pays for it, saying that speed monitoring is the council’s responsibility, but the monies raised from fines go to central government not the council.

    As a result, in five days the number of people speeding passing two cameras set to a trigger point of 35MPH has risen by 88% and I suspect that the rise will be even greater once drivers become fully aware that fines are not being processed.

    Increased speed doesn’t mean that more accidents will occur but the seriousness of the accidents will increase dramatically and deaths rates will rise.

    Central governments cuts like these are a false economy as more serious accidents will cost more but the cost will be spread across different budgets like the emergency services, NHS and of course benefits of a family when it is the breadwinner who is killed.

    What do I think of the government? Clueless.

    They have simply taken the Thatcher manual off the shelf, dusted it off and continued to plan cuts without any thought as to what those cuts will really cost in the long term.

  • Comment number 67.

    An unmitigated disaster.

    The poorest and most needy in society (or what it is left of it) are being hit the hardest and the rich (including the tory bankers that caused this recession) are getting richer.

    One piece of good news is that with all the lib dem supporters switching their allegiance to Labour, Labour will get back in government at the next General Election and wipe the tories out once and for all.

  • Comment number 68.

    Lots of PR, soundbites and hot air.
    Yesterday. George Osborne attacks Labour for being unable to say where their cuts axe would have fallen.
    Today. Nick Clegg says the Coalition has not yet decided where the cuts wiil fall.
    Joined up government? Well in one sense yes, because it looks as if the next 5 years will be a continuation of the disasters of the last 30 years.

  • Comment number 69.

    "48. At 08:45am on 18 Aug 2010, steve wrote:
    I would give on a scale of 1-10 the coalition a vote of about -5.

    The crucial point for Lib Dem supporters will come with the vote on electoral reform next year."

    Steve, that vote is as good as lost, because the Tories want to Gerrymander it, so as to make Lib-Dems and Labour lose the most MP's.

    -Constituencies based on registered voters rather than number of residents
    -Getting rid of 50 MP's will mean Libs and Labour lose most.

    Clegg is too weak to do anything about it. He should withdraw his support for these extremist right wing Tories and force an election. Hopefully Libs can form a coalition with a more left leaning Labour.

  • Comment number 70.

    I remember the absolute fear when it looked like Gordon Brown may have hung on and the relief when he got booted out.

    This Goverenment has many problems to overcome, reduce the deficit, pay off the debt and restore some national pride.

    First proirity has to be to look after the private sector workers who create the wealth that the public sector has been wasting since 1997. Stop the nonsense of benefits for life and also reduce housing benefits and time limit them.

    It can't be right that someone who chooses not to work can live in a nice house whereas someone that goes to work has to struggle to pay rent/mortgage. Labour's idea that they look after the less well off in society is admirable but we should only be looking after those who are in real need and cannot look after themselves.

    Keep on cutting Dave...

  • Comment number 71.

    "At 04:04am on 18 Aug 2010, Martin Swift wrote:
    I had really thought that we would have seen a more constructive and professional approach after the continued stuttered momentum of Gordon Brown...
    Alas I doubt that many thought that we would receive some absolutely stupid items of agendas to come from this coalition...even after 100 is still early days and hopefully someone will actually decide to put the country into a higher gear...
    Austerity measures seem to be the thing for many European Governments at this time...Labour alas has placed this country well into the mire for my liking and it is going to take some time to turn things around...but please no more stupid ideas like tinkering with time...if anything needs sorting and full stop is the economy...recovery then can be well under way and this can mean 'New Jobs' being created...
    I don't conceive to have the answers...that is what Government is there for...Brown simply plastered over the cracks that much that there was always a danger of catching up Greece...that we don't want.
    Lets hope that Cameron and Clegg and their coalition can really begin to move things forward...we've waited long enough for it... "

    Was the 1.1% growth, which a direct result of the last Governments measure part of this mire?

    You know "It was all Labour's fault" mantra is already failing.

  • Comment number 72.

    No doubt Labour in the latter days had their heads in the sand and needed a kicking to get back on track.

    However the slash-and-burn sink-or-swim ideology of Cameron is no solution either. Private sector jobs? Most of these will be in low level service or catering sectors on mimimum wage, not much consolation if you've just lost a £30k pa job and need to pay your mortgage.

    Agree with previous comments that the LibDems need to be doing far more to reign in the Tory excesses, but seems Clegg is so desparate for a sniff of power or deluded dreams of PR he just goes along with it.

    The issues which we at least hoped the Tories would get tough on - law and order, political correctness etc. seem to have been abandoned or likely to get worse as a result of the economic policies.

    Personally I wouldn't be surprised or disappointed to see the whole thing collapse and another election within 12 months. The problem then is what comes next? In just 100 days the Tories have demonstrated they are indeed still the "Nasty Party", really only interested in protecting the well off not even the so called middle classes are spared. LibDems have lost all credibility after selling their souls which leaves Labour again. Better the devil you know, I guess...

  • Comment number 73.

    Early days yet, but I remain positive. I wish they would clamp down on the likes of the BAA strikers. If BAA staff are not satisfied, they can look for another job. Plenty of people are ready and willing to replace them.

    I know this sounds harsh, but it is simple supply and demand. If you have a well paid job, you are very lucky.

  • Comment number 74.

    To all those who harp on about maintaining the "Status Quo" i.e. keep spending at the same levels as the previous Labour government, can I ask how you would plan to fund it?

    Please don't role out the old red herrings e.g. scrap Trident, tax the bankers, etc. they are a drop in the ocean compared to the deficit.

    Over to you...

  • Comment number 75.

    Brilliant, despite the efforts of the BBC to derail the Coalition at every possible opportunity!

  • Comment number 76.

    I think the first 100 days have been a perfect example of a pitiful way to run this country.

    Broken promises, taunting the British public with cuts, cuts and more cuts and an epidemic of "miss-speaking"

    To be fair, 100 days is not much time in which to achieve anything positive. But Camoron and Negative Nick sure have tried hard to get started on the wrong foot.

    Silly season didn't start in the summer recess, it started on 5 May when this disappointment of a coalition government were voted in.

  • Comment number 77.

    Too soon to say. A lot of talk, kites flown, but for most of us little change yet. We do appear to have economic stability, albeit with high inflation.

    The coalition do seem to be maintaining a united front, presumably because if the partnership failed, the LibDems would be doomed. Simon Hughes' posturing is just self indulgent noise.

    We still have the visible reminder of the last lot of loonies,in that the quangoes and loopy local authority initiatives still exist, pumping out mountains of patronising guidance and spending scarce funds on meaningless consultations and inappropriate activities. Still adding cost, not value.

    Let's see what happens when the real action starts.

    In summary: It's encouraging that the coalition is working, even though there will be upsets from time to time. They are the best and only hope we have.

    It's hard to imagine anything fresh or inspiring coming from the Milliband clones or the Brown clone. Their long drawn out and self indulgent selection process shows that Labour's disconnection from and disinterest in reality is now complete.

  • Comment number 78.

    I was expecting a dynamic, positive and immediate Government response to the 'problems' we were told were so great. Instead we have had 100 days of posturing, rumour and prevarication. The few changes that Boy George has implemented have all been heavily criticised as damaging to the economy, whilst the evidence has been that the economy was better than the Politicians knew. About the only action taken is to set up yet more quangos, whilst announcing the ending of a couple that actually worked.
    I rather suspect that once the incoming Government read the books and thought things through they found that their plans were the rubbish that so many voters believed. The idea that you can reduce a large corporation by 40% without serious damage to the overall efficiency comes from a dream world. There is so much now riding on the autumn spending review report that the Government are now effectively prevented from any action. We are now in a period of inaction!
    Although the idea that a Government has a dynamic 100 days to make its mark is simply a ploy for selling newspapers, the steam has gone out of this bunch, in the same way as ALL other Governments.
    It will take years to put right the faults in the Benefits system, the NHS is by its very nature labour intensive, the Police budget is 85% wages so the only cuts can come from reduction in numbers employed. The Military are fighting a major war, and the countries infrastructure is falling to bits.
    I can only hope that the coalition Government will realise that they will have to answer to the people and ditch Tory dogma with Lib Dem dreams and think things through for the good of all. The best part of the 100 Days is that it has been a thinking time.

  • Comment number 79.

    From a personal point of view its been a disaster. After spending two years recruiting for the Police and after finally being given a provisional start date for October everything has been put on hold with a view to my application being binned.

    However the deficiet is the most pressing concern and i appreciate it needs to be looked at. (A result of a global recession NOT 13 years of labour spending). Look at labour spending in relation to GDP on this site today and it shows they only started spending heavily when the recession hit. Labour never made it a secret that they saw fiscal stimulas as the way through the recession.

    Now the condems have decided austerity is the only way to ensure ecnomic stability. Fairenough, it will either work or it wont and they will be judged on this alone.

    What really annoys me is the laziness of the cuts; 25% across the board. There has been no look at whether this is appropriate. Why are all departments being hit with this when some may be lean and will effectively be crippled by the cuts and some are bloated and could absorb larger cuts without a loss of service.

    From a PR/spin point of view they are doing a fantastic job. Everybody has quite happily forgot about regulating the banks and have been manipulated into agreeing with the cuts to public services. There greatest accomplishment has been to get the working class to turn on one another. It really has taken me by surprise how nasty the people are starting to sound.

    Im still young(ish) though hopefully we can return to a socialist mindset soon.

  • Comment number 80.

    The libs have managed to show they have no morals whatsoever and will turn their backs on the weakest of society to gain power.
    As for the Tories, theres nothing new there, they still blame the sick and disabled for the Recession they still attack the weak/poor as though its a sport.

  • Comment number 81.

    Amazing, comment 23. No wonder you are 'annonymous'. With such ridiculous ideas like, "wind power is useless". Have you been to Scotland? Or off shore? News flash... plenty of wind.

    Oh, and the deepest cuts the country has ever seen are still not far enough? Amazing. My flabber is gasted.

    And comment 27. is just as bad. You think the BBC are supporters of Labour and this is a Conservative bashing forum! Hillarious.

    I think you will find that anyone can comment with positive or negative views about any party. You clearly have a bit of a complex, you should seek help.

  • Comment number 82.

    I'm one of the many public service workers due to be made redundant though the government are unable to tell us when - I work in one of the Regional Development Agencies (RDA) where NINE RDAs are being abolished and are due to be replaced by 70, yes 70 Local Enterprise Partnerships - where's the efficiency savings and co-ordination there??

  • Comment number 83.

    All I hear from this coalition 'thing' is endless requests for someone to give them the answers, provide the solutions, and volunteer to sort out all the mess! It's a brilliant strategy - they appear devoid of any new ideas and the concepts of change, fairness, bigger and better have vanished in a puff of mystic magic.......its entertainment but not as we know it.

  • Comment number 84.

    The only good news stories on the economy so far have been that in the last 2 quarters of the Labour Government the economy was coming out of recession faster than the press would have had us believe.
    The results of the first 100 days, Housing prices down, RP Inflation up. Economists who backed the Tories saying oops sorry we didn't realise how much the cuts could lead to a double dip recession.
    School building abandoned, wholesale privatisation of the Education system, NHS ringfencing abandoned, Vat increased from 17.5% to 20%, employment stuttering.
    I knew Labour would be cutting but at least their cuts would affect all. Gripper and co are ensuring those 'with' keep and those without get hammered.
    Election Please!

  • Comment number 85.

    I welcome the government's decision to take UFO sightings more seriously. I couldn't really care about the rest since once the aliens are actually allowed to make contact they'll whisk us away to a utopia where there are no taxes and Unite Union don't strike every bank holiday.

  • Comment number 86.

    Too early to tell.

    At least they've held the coalition together, which is a major achievement in itself.

    The flip side is that our modern parties are so similar you can barely slide a piece of paper between them anyway.

  • Comment number 87.

    Thus far they’ve done quite well. We can’t expect miracles in the first 100 days, but if their attitude is anything to go by then the future is bright. Of course there are the usual ‘political bigots’ who wouldn’t listen to what a Conservative or Lib Dem had to say purely because of the party they belong to, but they are welcome to live in the New Labour ruins of yesterday. Thankfully the wheel of juggernaut UK has been wrestled from them and they no longer have their foot down heading for the cliff!

    Lets face it, only someone with no knowledge of basic economics could believe that our ever expanding, self-serving, inefficient and all too often incompetent Civil Service didn’t need a major overhaul (where do you think the money comes from to pay for it all?) – which will inevitably involve drastic cuts. But we all know from first hand experience you could halve the number of Civil Servants and see no change in overall output!

    So good on the coalition for not closing their eyes and hoping that everything will work itself out in the end. All we need in the next 100 is some long needed union-busting legislation and our economy will be free to expand – for the benefit of all. If former adversaries wanting to embrace the future wish to ‘collaborate’ in order to achieve this, then they should be applauded and not childishly heckled by narrow minded political dinosaurs.

  • Comment number 88.

    One hundred days this coalition's age,
    And so we thrust it's progress on the stage,
    We judge against our many hopes and fears,
    What hath not been resolved in thirteen years!

    The parties twist agenda left and right,
    While arguing the toss with petty spite,
    And in distraction their main task undone,
    To make this country great for all as one.

  • Comment number 89.

    Alastair Darling admitted that he had been told on the morning of the bank collapse that unless he did something RBS would fail in hours and with it so would all the clearing banks. So he did the only thing he could do and borrow billions to keep it all going. He could have done nothing and now we would all be living in the stone age. The world economy would have gone into meltdown. And civil and likely nuclear war would have followed. The fortunate would have either died or been obliterated in the aftermath.
    So Darling did what he had to do to avoid Armageddon and when the Election came he and Brown went. That is the context of the Coalition. If they want to reduce borrowing sensibly then they will be chipping away at it for years. If they want to halve it and more then they will have to blast it away and hope the economy can withstand it. Most of us are not sure. And I am not sure that Osborne and his colleagues are convinced either.
    What we are experiencing all of us is the aftershock of the banking collapse two years on. We could have had all this at the time and in a few months maybe a lot of us wish we could.

  • Comment number 90.

    Well the coverage has been generally less critial in tone, though no more objectively analytical than that of the Brown government as far as I can see. That includes the BBC.

    It might be better to ask the question again when some of the consequences of the government's actions begin to impact more widely.

    Those in the media who own lots of property, (I gather the BBC has its share), seem to be doing all they can to talk down the possibility of a fall in values, so this is helping the perceptions for the coalition.

    The problem for the tories seems to be that the deal prevents them doing anything much that looks like politics. In that respect the government look like caretakers, awaiting something else.

  • Comment number 91.

    Just wait until the 'cuts'take effect and you find yourself unemployed,unemployment benefits cut,child benefits cut,all the helping agencies dismembered,and you are having problems paying your mortgage.Will this coalition whom nobody voted for seem like such a good idea?When there is rioting on the streets and we have no policemen to sort it out because of the 'cuts',when crime explodes because no one has any money.When hospitals turn you away because you cannot afford to pay,oh yes,privatisation is on its way.Mark my words, this coalition is manned by millionaires who are out to turn this country back to what it was during the 1920s.You will be happy to work for pennies and for all the hours that employers want.Mark my words.Our people got to strong for governments and employers,so they are diluting our strength by allowing millions from Pakistan and India and the poorest countries in the EU to come here and take your jobs,houses,medical care,and work for peanuts.This government will facilitate these changes at your ain't seen nothing yet.

  • Comment number 92.

    "ToriesBrokeBritain" - I am not quite sure what era you are living in to make such a statement with your sign in. I assume you are a Labour Party activist if so you have had the governenment of your choice for 13 years and to suggest that "You know "It was all Labour's fault" mantra is already failing" belies the facts of what has happened. I would have thought that the Labour Party would show some contrition and take responsibility for their actions.
    On the 100 days it is probably too early to say but I believe they have got off to a good start it will be like trying to turn a tanker around since the inpact of such measures that are introduced will take time to take effect.
    On the subject of a Lib Dem veto on the coalition's policy decisions it is simply not practical; do the Conservative back benches get the same arrnagements? No, leave the decisions to the cabinet. These things are never easy as a lot of policy will be subject to compromise.

  • Comment number 93.

    the con-dems say they are going to change the whole way we live and make it better. First you look at what causes the problems and one of the first problems is pay.As one poster said you have to look after the private sector workers that create the wealth. The only way so far to differenciate between workers and benefit claimants is to reduce benefits. And this has not worked. The private sector bosses despise paying out benefits but at the same time Hate giving their workers a good wage. Well Im sorry but you cant have it both ways. The greed culture between bosses has to stop and they have to value their workers.
    Look at the minimum wage it was not so long ago workers were surviving on £3.20 an hour and less, down to £2.00 am hour in some care homes. When Labour introduced the minimum wage the Tories and business leaders were up in arms crying out it would bankrupt the country and throw thousands of people on the dole. Well it didnt happen so there is obviously more money out their to treat the workers fairly And still make a profit. If the benefits stayed roughly where they are and the workers pay was increased so a differential was maintained between workers and benefit claimants the wgole country would be happy and prosper. Then we can start to resurrect our manufacturing industry again. Another Tory by Maggie blunder. If Maggie was such an icon in the minds of the Tories how come Clegeron is reversing her policies and no one is objecting. I hope this coalition does work for the benefit of the country but 100 days is to soon to ask, best wait till after October and see if the doo doo hits the fan cause knowing the Tories theres a kicker in their plans somewhere . So far I havent seen anything that has hit the wealthy yet only the middle and poorer classes of this land

  • Comment number 94.

    Mixed feelings on the coalition really.

    I dont think they have done enough to cut the deficit just yet.

    I have not seen enough reform of the Welfare system. It simply cannot be right that to be a single mother of X amount of children out of work or working part time is MUCH better off financially than those who are single and earn minimum wage. It cannot pay more for people to continue to over populate the UK with no means of how to pay for it and allow everyone else to pick up the tab. Any benefit has to be in the form of a single benefit related to a tax code or NI number-not currently in circa 5 different benefits with each government office not working collectively to enable people to cheat the system so easily

    The public sector benefits/pensions/sick pay need to bought in line with the private sector which would save enough money to reduce the amount of job cuts that seem to be coming in that sector. I dont want to see anyone out of work its just that your employers cannot afford to keep as it is.

    The news this morning shows the possibility of the winter fuel allowance age being rasied to 66. Id rather see it means tested because currently anyone with any wealth is entitled to it- Even the queen takes the winter fuel allowance. Id also like to see the government tougher with the Utility companies forcing them to give the most vunerable elderly much lower tarrifs. Especially after seeing the profits Centrica(British Gas) have been churning out this last 12 months.

    The UK has its problems.

    Inflation above targets
    Rising Fuel/Food costs
    Shrinking or frozen Pay packets
    Housing beyond reach of millions of hardworking young people
    Over breeding

    The list is endless and I for one would rather see Cameron and Co given a chance to sort it out than another 4 years of LABOUR

  • Comment number 95.

    We've just gone through decades of "dumb" government where the focus is on short termism and parties playing the "Big I Am" and put others down at any opportunity by any means.

    Good planning and building and maintaining a good society was lost long ago in the greedy rush to market forces, essentially money and cheap labour.

    The Coalition is a chance to demonstrate a return to intelligent politics and good forward planning.

    The Coalition BIG MISTAKE at the moment is not moving to enable a living wage thus removing the need for benefits and tax credits, the money is there otherwise there would be no existing benefits and tax credits, it's just a question of balancing pay and taxation.

    If we fail to enable the lower paid to stimulate the economy, we may be stuck in depression for decades.

  • Comment number 96.

    79. At 09:28am on 18 Aug 2010, lefty_lefty wrote:

    "...Im still young(ish) though hopefully we can return to a socialist mindset soon"

    So the police are not all BNP, then! Seriously though, when was it that "we" in this country last had a socialist mindset? To set up the NHS it was necessary to "stuff the doctors' mouths with gold" -no change there, then. It all seems to go back to Edmund Burke.

  • Comment number 97.

    So far they seem to have done ok. Its still very early days so the effects have yet to completely filter through. not to mention the 13 years of labour which is going to take a lot of time to correct but things seem to be working out so far.

    I dont generally support tory and by no means ever support libs but they do seem to be working pretty well together and the country cant be fixed overnight.

    Good luck guys I hope you do this country proud

  • Comment number 98.

    Unlike BBC Radio 4 and 5 reporters, I think the coalition goverment is doing fine. Remember the country did not give mandate to any party to govern on its own. I am happy that British political parties are working together and getting on with the job. I hope the LibDems stay on course and do not go back to their old ways as party of students. The coalition has to take some toug decisions and they should carry on until we get out of this mess Labour has left behind. Lets give them a chance and I think we will get through these hard to come. The alternatives on offer now is even worse.

  • Comment number 99.

    Don't know yet.

    Was this question asked of Tony Blair or Gordon Brown?

    What a useful marker 100 is. What is the next one - six months, 200 days, one year?

  • Comment number 100.

    How would I rate the coalition's performance so far? Utterly ineffective as it was bound to be. A mish-mash of policies which are going to take the UK nowhere. No change in sucking up to big business and banks at the expense of the taxpayer, and no change in the UK's utterly immoral foreign policy. As for Cameron, he has already been exposed to be the weak politician he is: playing India off against Pakistan and disrespecting the sacrifices of Britons in WWII by describing the UK as the junior partner simply to appease the Americans. The cracks in the coalition are already beginning to appear.


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