Comments:UK elections: David Cameron becomes Prime Minister
|The Hopeful thing that could happen
|18:18, 14 May 2010
|16:46, 13 May 2010
|Obama's got him beat
|19:33, 12 May 2010
I'm simply glad we have a government which *isn't* run by Gordon Brown. We have Cameron / Clegg as a coalition, and I'm pleased we finally have someone in charge who is going to get a chance to rectify all the dismal failures which Blinky Brown has managed to knock together in partnership with "Y not B Liar?".
In all fairness, a dead one eyed horse could have done a better job than... No, wait...sorry. We just got rid of one of those :)
Oh yea of the short-term-memory loss; Thatcher's favoured children just got the keys to the exchequer. They'll be selling the country off by the pound weight.
This certainly is an awkward coalition government. I have a hard time imagining Cameron and Clegg getting on so well once decisions of policy start to be made. I expect it to be sort of like when Stalin and Trotsky were elected heads of the supreme Soviet. Publicly they presented a united front, but in reality they were always at each others throats. We all know what happened to Trotsky...
Well, they've already upped Value Added Tax (Sales Tax for you Americans) by 2.5% to 20%.
Guess what? That hits those on lowest incomes the hardest. Not to mention that it would be relatively trivial for anyone on £30,000+ p.a. to take out VAT registration and profit from reclaiming on a variety of larger purchases such as computers.
I wasn't suggesting that literally, what I meant is that it seems likely that as time goes on Clegg and the Lib Dems will be relegated to the political wilderness (as Trotsky was) due to the deep and fundamental ideological differences that Lib Dems have with the Tories.
Cameron "had only been a Member of Parliament for nine years prior to taking the most senior political office in the country". Obama had only been a member of Congress for four years before becoming President of the U.S.!
Certainly has! (He has beaten Nick Clegg too, who has 5 years experience.)
Actually Teddy Roosevelt had them both beat, He was vice president for just 6 months before assuming the office of president. Before that he had a few very short stints as Governor of New York, Secratary of the navy, and President of the Board of New York City Police Commissioners, among other things