Tuesday, 11 May 2010
The End Is Just The Beginning...
After what has been the most interesting UK election in decades, (ok, interesting for me... the others have all been predictable, boring and over in 24 hours) the end has been declared. Gordon Brown has resigned (and not the grudging "I'll step down in September to allow the Labour Party to make a pact with the LibDems" statement of yesterday) and David Cameron has gone to the Palace.
So now we have a new Prime Minister. David Cameron takes over immediately, which is in stark contrast to the way things happen across the pond.
Personally, I distrust politicians as a group. The parties will promise anything in order to get your vote, and then do whatever is politically expedient. The old joke goes something like this:
How do you know when a politician is lying?
If he scratches his nose, he's telling the truth.
If he rubs his chin, he's telling the truth.
If he pulls at his earlobe, he's telling the truth.
But if he opens his mouth...
The incoming Conservative government is unlikely to be much better than the outgoing Labour one. If the rumours are true (see at 21:13), in order to make a deal with the LibDems, Cameron has already bargained away tax breaks for married couples - which was one of the few pro-family policies the Conservatives had in their manifesto.
Wait and see...