After five days, there is finally a new government in the UK. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed a coalition that they have agreed will last a full five years. The Liberal Democrats will get a referendum on an alternative voting system for elections and David Cameron gets to be Prime Minister. The Liberal Democrats also get five seats in the cabinet and also 20 other ministerial positions in the government. The Conservatives get to enact their agenda of cuts to government services because of the UK’s huge budget deficit.
I doubt that this arrangement is going last the full five years. For one thing, there are too many Conservatives and Liberal Democrats that are unhappy with this arrangement and too many ideological differences. It will be interesting to see how supporters of both parties accept this arrangement. I have a feeling that a lot of people who voted Liberal Democratic will feel let down and angry. Many Liberal Democratic supporters have more in common with Labour than the Tories and may find this arrangement to be unacceptable.
I anticipate that this set up will work for a year or two before it implodes. Gordon Brown has already said that he is resigning the Labour leadership so a new leader may make Labour more popular with Gordon gone.