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So here we are… new dawn… new politics

Well the Polls showed the public were overwhelmingly in favour of a hung parliament & parties working together. Now we have a hung parliament, with a coalition government the colour of which few probably expected. Personally I don’t think this new government will fall apart as some predict. The early indications are that quite a broad program of agreement has already been established between the LibDems & the Conservatives. rules of engagement have been drawn up to cover areas of disagreement.

There is inherent danger for the LibDems in any coalition deal. Of the offers on the table yesterday only the Conservative one was credible & however desirable the Labour ‘offer’ would have never worked. Now that agreement has been reached then there is a modicum of stability for the foreseeable future, at least at parliamentary level. There may yet be some blood letting in both the LibDems & the Conservatives, but I believe both parties will, largely, be much more pragmatic than the commentators give them credit for. Both sides have given up a lot to makes this deal stick.

BBC: Cabinet: A guide to who’s who
LibDem Voice: Statement from the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg MP