If you're puzzled by the reference to " brave new world of undemocratic processes" scroll down and watch the hung parliament party broadcast.
The question many will now ask is whether the partnership is blossoming like the roses in Number 10's garden in May 2010, or whether our two government leaders are tolerating each other for the sake of the kids... sorry, the country.
Here's my talkSPORT report from May 11th 2010 to remind ourselves (in very talkSPORT, pacey terms) of the beautiful moment of "unity"
Part of me really misses that election period -- but no time for sentimentalism, either for me or the Country. later, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister will publish their mid-term review when we're sure to hear how fantastic things have been.
And yes, it's likely that colleagues will attack the likely cringing language and presentation. In defence of the government however, they will be right when they say that coalitions are ALWAYS going to fall out with each other - and it's actually pretty impressive that they've stayed as tight as they have in the face of student protests and boundary changes... erm, yes, and I suppose Lords reform and mansion tax - but who's counting the Lib Dem's much larger policy casualty rate.
... Ahem - time quickly for a bit of light relief... let us remind ourselves of the tory party election broadcast - much of which, was in fact pretty bang on the mark.
"Under the table deals", "secret committees"? "We, the hung Parliament Party promise to provide indecision, inaction and half measures". now to be fair, it's not exactly accurate to say no decisions have been made - but if you haven't watched the video above - watch it now!
But all this is sensational really. Not the blog per say, but the wedges many will try to put between the PM and Nick Clegg. Real wedges most definitely exist - but the fact that we are this far in to the Coalition says something for the resolve of politicians "however so you voted" as Margaret Thatcher might say.
Whoever sits in number 10 - whatever party they happen to represent - the business of government must go on - and according to Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg - there will be choppy waters ahead, but this ship WILL make it to
THE FOREWARD TO THE MID-TERM REVIEW
Two and a half years ago, our parties came together in the national interest and formed a coalition at a time of real economic danger. The deficit was spiralling out of control, confidence was plummeting, and the world was looking to
This Government’s most urgent job was to restore stability in our public finances and confidence in the British economy. In just two years we have cut the deficit by a quarter and have set out a credible path towards our goal to balance the current budget over the economic cycle.
Dealing with the deficit may have been our first task, but our most important task is to build a stronger, more balanced economy capable of delivering lasting growth and widely shared prosperity. In essence, this involves two things: growing the private sector, and reforming the public sector so that what the Government does – and the money it spends – boosts, rather than undermines,
Meeting this challenge is imperative if
That is why we have not baulked at the tough decisions needed to secure
Above all, that means having a welfare system that works and schools that teach our children properly. Since we came to office, more than 1 million jobs have been created in the private sector. We are fundamentally changing our welfare system to make work pay. And we have injected new ambition into our education system: making exams and testing more rigorous; backing teachers on discipline; allowing people who are passionate about education to open new schools in the state sector; and, crucially, supporting the poorest pupils through our Pupil Premium.
We fully recognise that the changes needed to get
So we are dealing with the deficit, rebuilding the economy, reforming welfare and education and supporting hard-working families through tough times. And on all of these key aims, our parties, after 32 months of coalition, remain steadfast and united. Of course there have been some issues on which we have not seen eye to eye, and no doubt there will be more. That is the nature of coalition. But on the things that matter most – the big structural reforms needed to secure our country’s long-term future – our resolve and sense of shared purpose have, if anything, grown over time.
We came to office at a difficult time for our country. An economy still in shock. The Eurozone facing crisis. The inevitability that difficult cuts would have to be made. Worry, uncertainty and worse for many families and businesses. We have been determined to work in a way that keeps our country together through these times. That is why we have protected the NHS from spending cuts and protected schools, while other departments have faced significant spending reductions. That is why we have made sure that the richest have paid the most towards reducing the deficit. We have protected pensions, with the largest increase in the basic state pension. And we have kept our promises to the poorest in the world – meeting the pledges made about overseas aid.
Today, at the half-way point in this Parliament, we are taking stock of the progress we have made in implementing the Coalition Agreement that we signed in May 2010. But we are also initiating a new set of reforms, building on those already under way, to secure our country’s future and help people realise their ambitions.
We will support working families with their childcare costs. We will build more houses and make the dream of home ownership a reality for more people. We will set out plans for long-term investment in
Our mission is clear: to get
Our approach is consistent: to help hard-working families get by and get on, so that everyone can reach their full potential.
And our resolve is unwavering: we will continue to put political partisanship to one side to govern in the long-term interests of the country.