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A Plague on all your Houses?

As the dust settles all is gradually revealed. So now we know that a Con-LibDem coalition is the new face of UK Governance. Whilst the pundits pontificate, already the knives are out and the disillusion of many become prevalent. But who are these unhappy souls?

Clearly they are the die-hard supporters of both sides, who feel that their party's principles have been sold down the river. The Tory right think Cameron has capitulated, and the LibDem left think their leader has sold his soul, even whored himself for power.

But what was the alternative? Clegg could have done a deal with the Labour Party, and the pact would still not have had a majority, and support would be sought from the smaller parties – a so called Rainbow Alliance.

The price would have been Gordon Brown's head and a hasty appointed new leader would become PM – yet another unelected one. It would have been a stitch up, sewn together by two characters equally unelected, namely Peter Mandelson and spin doctor extraordinaire Alistair Campbell.

The electorate would have seen through it, and regarded it as a blatant contemptuous act against the British public who firmly lost faith in the Labour government.

For all the posthumous plaudits of Gordon Brown's Prime Ministerial tenure, it was clear he was being led, not leading, hence his two appearances at the lectern outside no 10 – first to resign as Leader of the Labour Party (a cynical ploy in a last ditch attempt to garner Clegg) – and second, to finally resign as Prime Minister when he knew the game was up.

This behaviour is typical of his indecision as previously reflected by his weakness to strike when the iron was hot in the early days of his premiership. Had he held an election back then, his mandate to govern could have been sealed, and his position of strength re-enforced. But that was Gordon, and history will play it over, analysing and dissecting it for years to come.

The second option was in the hands of the Conservatives. Could David Cameron have formed a minority government, constantly having to do deals with the opposition parties, and being stifled at every turn in an attempt to push through policy?

Sooner or later a vote of no confidence would have been implemented and the nation would likely have gone to the polls yet again in a matter of months. Many Tories would have preferred that, but the nation would have suffered – indeed any chance of economic recovery would have been hindered by back-biting, and partisan wheeling and dealing resulting in impotence.

And so we have reached the third and most favourable option – a coalition. Both Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have had to shift and compromise on their manifestos. The Tory's were not going to budge on some key issues, but in return the Lib-Dems have found cabinet positions in Government – the first time for decades.

It's encouraging that a five year deal has been made, but it will be a tenuous and fragile relationship.

David Cameron, for all the perception of class and privilege, has changed the Conservatives. He is an exponent of Disraeli and believes that the greater good must be above political posturing. It may be that this will be his downfall, for in the wings there is an opposition Labour Party, many of whose members hope with great selfish regard that this coalition will fail, opening up the chance that they will return to power soon.

It is this mercenary outlook which creates the odious smell representing all that is bad in politics. Whilst some Labour MP's have wished this partnership well, there are many who hope it will crash.

Beware these politicos and their ilk, for they are the festering bacteria of disease and plague.

A plague on all your houses is a sentiment not sensible today.

The dynamic has changed. It should be given a chance.


May 12, 2010 - Posted by | Current Affairs, Events, Politics, United Kingdom | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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