So, there it is, Gordon Brown is resigning as Prime Minister.
After five days of wrangling and talks, the end has come. David Cameron will be Britain’s next Prime Minister, presumably with the support of the Liberal Democrats, although no announcement has been made yet regarding what form that support might take.
Despite not gaining a majority of seats, with most of their MPs representing the southern half of England and with only just over a third of the votes cast, the Tories will form the next government, with the support of a Liberal Democrat party that has sold out its principles for the illusion of power.
Perhaps David Blunkett had it right when he said that the Lib Dems were “behaving like harlots”.
I cannot see that the Tories will be prepared to give ground on their anti-European stance, their immigration policy or their support for nuclear weapons. Neither do I expect to see any meaningful attempt to rein in the excesses of the City and the bankers. As to the public sector, well it will suffer, won’t it. There will be savage cuts almost immediately and, despite the Tory assurances about preserving services, the front-line will inevitably suffer.
I can see this promised referendum on Electoral Reform getting scuppered too. Clegg has sold out one of his party’s most cherished policies for a desk in Whitehall. Yes, there may well be a referendum, but will the Tory cabinet support PR? I doubt that they all will, and their backbenchers will take a lot of convincing. I reckon that electoral reform is a dead duck now.
I fully expect to see the BBC get hammered hard by the Tories now, Rupert Murdoch will get what he wants in return for his support of the Tories; a reduced and emasculated BBC, the slashing or hiving off of services that don’t match some accountant’s cost-efficiency model and a free-for-all where Sky can bite chunks out of our broadcasting system.
I wrote a while back about the role of the Christian fundamentalist Right-wing in the new Tory party, so I expect to see an increase in pro-family rhetoric, with religious backed MPs seeking to limit the right to abortion too.
In short, this cobbled together marriage-of-convenience will be bad for Britain.
Except, of course, if you are a banker, well-off enough to worry about inherited wealth or one of Cameron’s Old Etonian cronies.
It looks like that it isn’t only in the world of fashion that the ’80s look is making a comeback.
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