Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Reasons to Be(a bit more) Cheerful
i) We have a government which is needed given fragile and nervous markets.
ii) Lib Dems will moderate Tories and neutralise their wild rightwing which has been strengthened by the election. Maybe this is the most valuable reason to be cheerful as it ensures the 'nasty party' tendency remains in its kennel.
iii) Fixed term parliament is long overdue. Tories would never have gone there on their own.
iv) Beginnings of another go at reforming voting- I know it's not much but what if the dominant voting moves right of centre? Then it might even suit Tories.
v) Wright reforms look like they may go through to strenghten MPs against govt.
vi) Elected House of Lords on the agenda
vii) Gordon has gone-hooray!
vii) Labour were only defeated not obliterated as I feared.
viii) Conservatives and Lib Dems have a hell of a job to do and Labour best sitting this one out and saying how useless they are. Which they will, though not sure they are.
Press reports on the Labour side of their talks with Clegg and co, suggest ther likes of Ed Balls were not too receptive to the LD offers, explaining why the wind came out of the possible deal even while negotiations were in progress.
So Cameron will be safe even if the coalition collapses.
Let's see how 'cheerful' you are then!
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