As I’m sure everyone will know, Gordon Brown has resigned as Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour party (making Harriet Harman leader until a permanent replacement is elected), and David Cameron is now Prime Minister at the head of a coalition government. Cabinet appointments appear to be emerging tonight – Conservative Home is already reporting unconfirmed appointments of Hague as Foreign Secretary, Osborne as Chancellor, Cable as Chief Secretary, David Laws as Schools Secretary and Andrew Lansley as Health Secretary. Other rumours buzzing about are Danny Alexander to be Secretary of State for Scotland (that job must almost certainly go to the Lib Dems), and Paddy Ashdown as Defence Secretary (though Sky say Paddy Ashdown is denying it, so who knows if that one is true. Update – everyone seems to be backtracking on that one, ConHome says it is Liam Fox after all).

I’m putting up this thread for discussion of the change over, please try and keep it within the comments policy, so try to avoid dancing on Labour’s grave, gnashing your teeth over the horrors of Tory government, or berating the Lib Dems for what they’ve done or not done.

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  1. Four of my friends joined Labour in the last twenty minutes.

  2. Hello Eoin – hope you are well.

    It is Day 1 of a new era in government. One I had not expected three or four weeks ago.

    I think it is too early for me to make a comment on what may or may not happen in the days/weeks ahead – I just hope it is not a big let down!

  3. TINA – “There is no alternative” – for the moment.

  4. @Rosie P,

    I am well. The yellows will soften anything hard they were gonna do.

  5. @ Eoin – yes I agree for now it isn’t likely to be a repeat of 31 years ago. As a user, I hope the health service does not suffer!

    On that note, I’m off for an over due good night’s sleep!

  6. I am glad you like my alterate reality scenario. I would like to do more actually but I have a feeling that Anthony will think its spam :)
    IF is the big word today.
    What IF Thatcher lost
    What IF Kinnock or Foot won
    What IF Blair lost
    What IF Cameron got his majority

    Nice to see a new PM. Good luck to him for the sake of this Country.

  7. @ Eoin

    Well how long do you predict before the fist LD MP crosses the floor?

    Before or after the Queens Speech?

  8. I’m joining Labour tomorrow. Buyers’ remorse will start tomorrow too,

  9. Congratulations to David Cameron. I’ve watched his rise from when he became leader and a part of me feels justified at seeing him get where he wanted to go. I don’t particularly like or trust him, but I wish him well.

  10. I’ve never really liked David Cameron, or his party, but i wish him and the new government well.

  11. @Jack nice partisanship!

    Conservatives may have made an error in keeping Osborne as Chancellor – highly unpopular individual.

    I guess the key threats to the coalition will be the right or left getting rebellious. We’ll see anyway, should be interesting….

  12. I think we can assume certain policies will be jettisoned. Chief among these will be those on inheritance tax and marriage allowances. Policies on areas like immigration, Europe etc. will probably remain.

  13. Well done David Cameron & many congratulations.

    I hope you can be the great One Nation Conservative Prime Minister you want to be.

    Congratulations to Nick Clegg & his colleagues. I hope you take this opportunity to leave the frustrations of permanent opposition behind, and follow the best traditions of Liberalism. Together with DC you can make this a far far better country.

    ….but it sure won’t be easy!

  14. On this sad day, it is good to hear so many re-joining the Labour Party.

    I also re-joined the Party after Gordon became PM having left the party in 2003.

    Who will I vote for ? I hope we get a credible woman candidate.

  15. I still think any poll is useless until beginning June (maybe late may)

  16. Any guesses how long his honeymoon period will last? probably not as long as Blair.

  17. Am I the only person who thinks the Lib Dems. have just committed political suicide?

  18. @KEITHP
    How long will be the honeymoon period ?

    On the day, VAT is raised to 20%. 50 days from now.

  19. Gareth
    Not if you read the previous 200 posts! ;-)

  20. I hope the increase the IHT threshold somewhat.It is an indefensible tax.It is a tax on money which has already taxed,made of the politics of envy

  21. @ NEIL

    I’m joining Labour tomorrow.

    :-) Welcome home :-)

  22. The LibDems are now in office.

    The strain of responsibility & difficult choices will test them.

    Both the Labour Party & the Conservative Party have had their bouts of naval gazing & subsequent schism.

    Perhaps the Lib Dems will face this too now.
    After all, there were elements in Labour who thought they were merely an offshoot of Labour-to be called in
    as required.

    Those LibDems who were indeed just ” Labour at play” may have to recognise it now.

    DC hasn’t started his project yet-but it is already fascinating to contemplate the nature & political effects of the end of this coalition & parliament.

  23. This is the best outcome we could have, given the decision the people gave on May 6th.

    Cameron clearly had to be PM, but the LDs will stop his extreme wing from holding him to ransom which, I suspect will actually be a great relief to Cameron as well as the British people.

    The LDs can now prove they are not a wasted vote and can be relevant. They will also get some of their policies enacted as well as seats at Cabinet.

    The big worry is Osborne as chancellor. He may have got it for now, but I would think Cable will soon get moved up as soon as Cameron can find a reason to ditch his friend

    But the best thing is this. This government represents 59% of the electorate; when was the last time that happened?

  24. Has there been any news on what’s going to happen with electoral reform?

  25. Good Luck to the two parties tasked with keeping us out of a Fiscal crisis & getting our troops home. And to those flocking to rejoin the party that got us into this mess, remember, fool you once shame on Blair & Brown, fool you twice shame on you.

  26. Well I hope not too many get rebellious until after a clear economic plan is in place. After the last few days, the last thing I want to see is more politicians playing tribal war games while the economy is in crisis. They can leave the huffs and the grandstanding until later and act like adults for the next few months.

  27. Julian Gilbert

    Fixed term parliament, starting now.

  28. Congratulations to DC. I wish him and NC the best of luck.

    OK, so I’m a left-leaning Lib Dem. But you have to give DC and NC a chance to see if they can make it work.

    After all, we all want what’s best for the country, don’t we? We want to see people succeed, rather than hope that they fail?

  29. John Fletcher – there’ll be about a dozen LD MPs having a think about their constituencies and how they got in on an anti-Tory ticket.

    Resigning the whip is painful – they’ll sit on their hands until the dust settles (or one or two inappropriate interventions by right wingers provokes them)

    Prime Misnister Clegg in Sep while Cammo takes his paternity leave. (If they’re still in office)

  30. Doesn’t NC still have to get the deal OK’d by just about everyone before it can go ahead? Or is it a done deal?

  31. Iagree with RAF

    And I resign (to bed)

  32. Tony Fisher: I agree with you except for your belief that Vince Cable will become Chancellor quickly. I’m still expecting it to go to Ken Clarke at a later date.

    It has to be said though, that even though I am in no way a Labour supporter, I felt that Gordon Brown’s resignation speech was sincere, and that he felt he’d made the best decisions he could have done. He may not go down in history as a populer prime minister, but at least you knew what he stood for.

  33. @RAF

    We want to see people succeed, rather than hope that they fail?




    I think Cleggs major job as PM is going to be keeping his MP’s on side, partly by making sure he is involved in framing of all decisions.

    I wonder who will be the Tory Chief Whip. There is a job I would’nt fancy

  34. Danny Alexander to be Secretary of State for Scotland

    Yes, LD out number Tory by about 10 to 1 in Scotland; Labour out number LD 4 to 1 though ;-)

  35. The Libs haven’t actually agreed to anything yet, they are meeting now. All the info is coming from the Tories. It seems that the Libs do not have a real choice and they will have to go along with this. That could store up resentments for the future.

  36. Julain Gilbert – yes, but if they don’t agree, there’ll be a DC Govt until DC calls it a day. GB leaving before the ratification was the last throw of the dice (the hope being that it won’t be ratified and that a re-run GE occurs once a new leader is in place.

    Personally, I reckon NC fancies being PM for a few weeks and trying to turn LD into a centre party that can lean left or right as expedient and hold the balance of power for the foreseeable.

    Pretty good negotiator. Glad he’s ours and not China’s!

  37. @JOHNTT

    major job as PM

    OoPS Deputy PM

  38. @Amber Star

    What if after the Scottish Parliament election Liberals and Labour go into their coalition. So Libs will be in coalition with Tories in England and Labour in Scotland. Weird but possible?

  39. Keith

    I am being badly partisan tonight, but fwiw I don’t think there will be a honeymoon. There has been a palpable sense of anticlimax and confusion following the election. The victors have a defeated air, and the drawn out negotiations have further exhausted them. There will be constant questioning and doubt caused by the attempt to marry the objectives of two disparate manifestos. Not an auspicious start, compared to the euphoria of 1997. Could be a case of ‘marry in haste,repent at leisure’.

  40. I am also joining Labour tmr.

    I am going to try to get Ed Balls in as Labour leader.

  41. Richard O
    What for??

  42. There’s always been a certain smug comfort in being a Lib Dem. It’s always been easy to say “we told you so”, always comforting to be indignant as tranches of LD policy are absorbed into the policies of the other two parties.
    Thorpe walked away from power in 74, and the effort of the centrist party to manoeuvre against a rotten system have been toruous and largely pointless to say the least.
    This may prove to be the death of the party. I doubt it , the party has rebounded from a low of 6 mps and 2% in the polls and is resilient, but death would be a kinder outcome than a further 35 years of aimless indignation.
    Cameron is not Thatcher, and the LDs will provide a counterbalance to his loony right.
    There were no easy answers for Clegg. He has acted bravely and deserves the very best, as does Cameron who has gone further than many would have dared to make this happen.

  43. Howard
    Richard O
    What for??

    he almost lost one of the safest working class Labour seats in Leeds.

  44. Re-posting from the dying minutes of the last thread:

    I’m also heartened by those taking the opportunity to engage with their political parties. Whatever happens over the next few years, all the parties need to be taken back from the hands of the Westminster elite and become (in that most cliched phrase) bottom up not top down.

    However I hope those all rushing to (re-)join the Labour party will be asking their next branch meeting why so many of the now ex-cabinet were more concerned with positioning themselves for the leadership race than for Government; why you include in a negotiating team people like Mandelson who, let us say, don’t have a reputation for straightforwardness; and why so many MPs were opposed to a system that might undermine their nice safe seats.

    Whenever Labour starts complaining in the next few years about government actions, the obvious reply is going to be “You had the chance, and you bottled it”. The SNP is already using this with the next Holyrood elections in mind.

    So good luck to all those (re-)entering the Labour fray and having to deal with the Old and New Labour attitudes above. If you can change things you’ll make the Party and the country better

  45. I watched the bloggers today (I’m watching one now) and what emerges is that these are very empty vessels who were protected by the internet – they should have stayed there

  46. Richard O – OK so I’m joing the Tories so Letwin gets in in Nov :)

    John Fletcher – I thought you meant Clegg’s reign as PM when DC is on paternity leave – he will have his hands very full in that fortnight, what with conferences coming up and LDs not knowing whether the line is to be “return to your constituencies and prepare for oblivion”


    Only joking, I really hope it works aas a template for co-operative Govt. If it works, we won’t have Boris as PM, at least!

  47. @RICHARD O
    I’ve got my own theories about sabotage in the Tory party.
    Cameron is a double agent working for Labour.
    How else can putting GO as chancellor over VC be explained?

  48. @Julian,

    thats just nepatism!


  49. By the way does anyone know what Clegg is actually going to do? Deputy Prime Minister is a job that doesn’t exist in the constitution and is usually linked with something else in the Cabinet.

  50. @rich

    I just signed up for the same reason. Ed Balls for labour leader is like the IDS election…….an open goal for the opposition

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