Coalition

So the UK now has its first coalition government since 1945, formed by the shotgun marriage of Cameron’s Tories and Clegg’s Lib Dems.

After the nightmare of Tory Britain under Thatcher in the 80s and 90s the prospect of a Tory win in last week’s general election filled me with an urge to stock up on toilet paper.

Now, following several days of not knowing what to expect, I find myself not knowing what to expect. Two parties who are not at all ideologically close and who have been taking pot shots at each other for weeks (months! years!!) have now agreed to form a government (???). Today is their first day at the office as they set to work addressing the countries needs.

At this point, I’m hoping that Nick Clegg and his colleagues will be able to rein in some of the Tories more aggressive economic tendencies as well as their penchant for favouring their rich buddies at the expense of those who occupy the lower rungs of societies ladder. I guess more on that will be revealed in the emergency budget that will be announced within the next two months.

I am a bit alarmed to hear that the Lib Dems appear to have dropped their opposition to a replacement for Trident. There is a huge amount of money to be saved there at a time of dire economic need. It is also extremely hypocritical of Britain to have plans to spend big on nuclear arms whilst demanding, along with America, that other countries reduce their nuclear armament or are told they can’t have nuclear arms at all. And finally, spending big on nuclear arms does not help the soldiers who are on active service in Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. For years the Tories have bitched about how our troops are not properly equipped with conventional arms and field equipment. How many helicopters, armoured vehicles, field hospitals, items of body armour and other essentials could be provided with the cash earmarked for Trident’s replacement?

Anyhow, like our shiny new coalition government, I have work to do so must away but here’s one last thought: how long before the shine wears off and the Lib Dems realise they’ve bent over just a little too far?

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