So, the result of the General Election is known. We have a new Prime Minister in the form of Conservative Leader David Cameron. Something I never thought I’d type/say is that our new Deputy Prime Minister is leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg.
Yes, that’s right: the Lib Dems are part of Her Majesty’s Government! The most unlikley of coalitions has been formed between the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrat Party. I must say that I am quite excited about this administration, something I am surprised about given that David Cameron is now Prime Minister.
Having been born in the late 80s I have no real memory of the last Tory administration in the UK. I’ve grown up in a New Labour world and have developed my political ideals and beliefs in that world.
I am really excited to see some real political reform and look forward to both campaigning and voting for a change in voting system. While the propsed system is not my first choice of PR, it is a sure step in the right direction.
I’m also excited about other plans to reform our system, especially the idea of fixed term Parliaments and around MPs expenses.
The plans around civil liberties also excite me and the ideas to take us away from the nanny state do also.
At today’s press conference, both Cameron and Clegg looked at ease and as if this is a partnership that will work. There will of course be bumps and scrapes along the way, but that’s simply part of life in a coalition government! Those of us in Scotland are very much used to these arrangements having had two Labour-Lib Dem governments.
An interesting and exciting time in British Politics!