Coalition is OK, but Nick Clegg politically mistaken, should remain in Congress instead of being deputy PM.
If the British electorate wanted to be given something new in their politics when they cast their votes on 6 May, then yesterday their wishes came true. Coalition government, it suddenly seemed from the extraordinary scenes between David Cameron and Nick Clegg in the Downing Street garden, need not mean backstage stitch-ups in smoke-filled rooms after all. Instead it meant laughter on the lawns and skittish exchanges amid the wisteria to the accompaniment of birdsong in the spring sunshine. For a country reared on confrontational them-or-us yah-boo politics, the sight of the two youthful leaders swapping jokes at their lecterns as their two parties stopped pummelling and started to embrace one another was astonishing. And, yes, uplifting too. The creative political lessons of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s account of Abraham Lincoln’s “team of rivals” administration seemed to be coming to life in 21st-century Britain in a way that President Obama can only envy. At times it may have felt a bit too much like a scene from a Richard Curtis movie. But it was not Hugh Grant and Colin Firth at the lecterns. It was a real live new prime minister and his deputy from a rival party. Will it last? Maybe, even probably, not. But if this wasn’t a glimpse of new politics, it is hard to know what those words really mean.
By last night the shape both of the deal and the cabinet that Messrs Cameron and Clegg have put together had become much clearer. As the head of the much larger party in the new coalition, Mr Cameron has kept the top jobs for the Conservatives….READ MORE HERE.