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Nick Clegg the king maker, David Cameron the king

By Dark Politricks

So we now know the outcome of the UK general election. Gordon Brown is gone, Labour is now the official opposition and the Tories are the new government along with the Liberal Democrats. The Lib Dem’s are yet to pass the offer past their members but if I cannot believe that they would chose to pass up this opportunity no matter how many grass roots supporters are unhappy about working with the enemy.

It seems that the last roll of the dice by Brown, Mandelson and Lord Adonis didn’t come to much and it will be interesting to see what the issue was that prevented the Lib Dem’s from joining the much trumpeted “progressive majority” that had been the alternative to a Conservative government. Brown had already fallen on his sword which was one of Nick Clegg’s basic stipulations if Labour ever hoped of having a chance so there must have been some real disagreement behind the scenes.

Many in the Liberal camp feel solidarity with Labour on many levels however on the main issue of civil liberties, the issues that really makes someone liberal, the Labour party is as far away from the Lib Dem’s as Moscow is from New York. I really hope the sticking point was that the Lib Dem’s Chris Huhne, one of the Lib Dem’s negotiators, had already agreed implementation of his Freedom Bill (or a variation of) with the Tories and that when it was put forward to Labour as a concession to be given they balked at the idea.

It remains to be seen but from what we know already the Tories have given up quite a lot of concessions already to gain the Liberals support and on the question of civil liberties the current Tory party is not that far away from them on many areas such as their dislike of the National ID Card scheme, the huge databases, council and government snooping and much more.

The Lib Dem’s also seem to have managed to persuade the Tories to abandon their plans for an inheritance tax break so that the money can instead be spent on making the tax system more fairer for the less well off, maybe even to implement the Lib Dem’s idea of no tax on the first £10,000 you earn. This is a big give away from the Tories who have taken a lot of stick for their pledge to allow the richest people in the country to avoid tax on their properties when passing million pound mansions down the line to their offspring so it goes to show the levels of horse trading that the Tories were willing to go to.

No matter how many people on the left are annoyed about the decision for the Liberals to join the Tories it was the right thing to do morally. As Dianne Abbot said earlier elections have consequences and it would be seen as an outrage by many on all sides of the political spectrum if the Tories who had gained the most seats were kept out of government by the two parties who had come second and third.

Even if the progressive coalition had come about it would have had to have relied on support from the other smaller parties notably the nationalist parties of Scotland and Wales. We had heard all throughout the campaign about Alex Salmond’s pledge to hold any coalition government to hostage to prevent cuts in spending over on his side of the border so its no wonder that many politicians balked at the idea of having to rely on their support to get major legislation through.

If the price of governing was to increase the already unfair spending allowances that already mean the Scots and Welsh through the Barnett formula get on average over £1,000 extra per head than the English do then it probably wasn’t a price worth paying. The coming government, whatever it’s makeup, is going to have to push through huge spending cuts the like we have not seen before and it would be outrageous if the Scots or Welsh managed to escape their share of cuts due to political necessity.

Am I happy the Tories are in power? Not really but then I am happy Brown is gone and I am very happy that my vote for the Lib Dem’s paid off and that they are on course to play a part in governing the country for the first time in over 70 years. I just hope for their sake that the collation holds together as if it breaks up it would not look good to the public especially as the Lib Dem’s idea for proportional representation would most likely mean that collation governments would become a permanent fixture on the British political landscape.

The Tories have not managed to win the election and the price of a Conservative government is to have a big chunk of the Liberals implanted inside it. The election predictions of Clegg the King maker have come true and in the end he chose the Tories. Hopefully the concessions he has gained for his parties support and his new job as deputy PM have been many and it will be nice to see Clegg, Cable and Huhne on the front benches.

We know what the old Tories were like so lets just hope the new Tories are not the same and that the Liberals can keep their “we’re all right jack” instincts on a tight leash. We will have to wait and see what the Queen speech contains and I will keep my fingers crossed for a Freedom Bill either in this parliament or the next. The Lib Dem’s have finally gained a measure of power and we should not hesitate to keep them in check and ensure they at least attempt to implement their manifesto pledges.

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