From the FT’s leader Cameron changes the landscape
“On policy, understandably, there has been some give and take. This is on balance positive. The good bits of both parties’ programmes have largely survived the process intact, while some more suspect ones have been jettisoned. The coalition’s programme is strong on restoring civil liberties for instance. The Tories attractive plans to reform education remain in place, as do proposals to look at structural reform of the banking system”
This is put more strongly in Old pledges end up on the bonfire
“But both party leaders have also found the need for “compromise” to be a convenient reason to lighten the load of policy pledges that are often more cherished by party activists than the nation at large”
and by Phil Stephens in the alarmingly titled Cameron risks his career, Clegg his party
“The tortuous post-election negotiations, the wheeling, dealing and double-dealing had been nothing but a ploy to secure the acquiescence of Tory swivel-eyes and Lib-Dem sandal-wearers”
As an opponent of both nutty wings, I applaud. As Tim Montgomerie said to Michael White on today’s Guardian Podcast, ‘It’s the inlawss, rather than the marriage, that is potentially the problem here’. Please, someone find me a marriage photo where the groom’s family wear sandals, the bride’s all have swivelly eyes*.
Finally, to file under furious thinkers of the Left who don’t like it one bit: Seumas Milne, who writes
any idea that the new Tory-Liberal Democrat government represents a challenge to Britain’s power structure, or even a break with some of the most shopworn politics of the past decade, was swept away as the ministerial carve-up was revealed.
It may well be that is all it is. It is possible that sneaky Clegg, sniggering over having secured Gordon’s resignation, will yet waltz off on Dave’s arm. But he now has an insight into Cameron’s desperation. Like all blackmailers, he will return to demand more. As a pantechnicon delivered a large consignment of brown trousers and bicycle clips to the back door of CCHQ, Dave sold out his party by offering Clegg a referendum on the AV voting system … Dave brought all this upon himself by making his party unelectable with his modernising infantilism: the men in grey suits know that.
This is what it was all for.
* Can I really be the only person thinking of the Arrogant Worms and the excellent Liberal attitude they show in their important song, Killer Robots from Venus? Why can’t we all just get along?