Reality intrudes on new British political order

May 25, 2010

cameron_cleggBritain’s new political order was on display in the House of Commons on Tuesday when Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg squeezed  happily between Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague  on the government front bench.

The house was packed and in an excited, start-of-term mood. Everything was going swimmingly, with former Conservative minister Peter Lilley cracking jokes as he gaves what is typically a light-hearted response to the Queen’s Speech.

Lilley played around with the apt description of the Lib Dems, settling for allies as he mused that partners might imply an inappropriate degree of intimacy.

Lilley told the house it was his wedding anniversary and was greeted by cheers. But when he turned to themore serious  issue of coalitions, he made  it clear that he regarded the current arrangement very much as a marriage of convenience.

He said he would not support changes to the voting system that makes hung parliaments the norm and would campaign vociferously against a switch to the Alternative Vote system when a referendum is held. For the Lib Dems such a change is the bare minimum.

The tensions between Conservatives and their new Lib Dem friends are bubbling below the bonhomie.

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osborne & laws talk cost-cutting from a podium each-is it not doubling of cost if 1 each from 2 parties talk together at every level of govt

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