Thursday, 13 May 2010

Love & Peace in Downing Street

It was all sweetness and light yesterday as David Cand Nick Clegg sealed their "marriage" in the garden of Downing Street. Although there are a lot of sceptics about how things will progress, most people are more hopeful than not and anxious that the government now just gets on with things and does what they were elected to do. The arrangement that we have is the arrangement that the voters deliovered after all.

Although the Conservatives are holding on to all the big jobs, there are 5 Liberal Democrats in the main Cabinet, and there will be others in junior ministerial posts as well.

Nick Clegg is Deputy Prime Minister. David Laws and Vince Cable are Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Business Secretary respectively. As such, they should be able to moderate the possible excesses of George Osborne, the new Chancellor, and keep him under some sort of control. Danny Alexander is the new Scottish Secretary, ad it will be interesting to see how the dynamic changes now on that front. Also, importantly for Scotland, Chris Hulne is the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary and he will have a big job forwarding the green agenda over the next five years.

A five year term has been agreed. The Lib Dems have secured the four main manifesto pledges from the election campaign. There has been a certain amount of give and take, of course, and it will be interesting to see how things pan out.

Can we make a success of things? Yes, we can!!

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