The political dust following Britain’s election is settling… Conservatively. PM David Cameron and Deputy PM Nick Clegg have pledged “strong, stable and determined” leadership that operates on the principles of freedom, fairness and responsibility. Wouldn’t it be nice if politicians were always this friendly? (Photo: Andrew Cowie / Barcroft Media)
It’s official. Britain has a new Prime Minister. He is David Cameron, leader of the Conservative party.
Six months younger than Tony Blair was when he won power in 1997, Mr. Cameron is the country’s youngest Prime Minister since 1812.
His Deputy Prime Minister is the leader of the Liberal Democrats and together, they have formed the first coalition government in the UK since World War 2.
“Historic” is what Mr. Cameron called his Conservative-led government as he promised to steer Britain in a new direction.
Much like Canada’s last election, the UK election resulted in a hung parliament when the Conservatives failed to win a majority.
After five days of intense discussions that followed the recent elections, Mr. Cameron and Mr. Clegg announced they were ready to join forces. How civilized.
Together, Mr. Cameron and Mr. Clegg have formed a coalition government. Call me crazy, but this is a move that politicians in countries like Canada could learn some lessons from.
The cooperation between the two leaders could have something to do with the fact that they share similar backgrounds.
Both Cameron and Clegg are 43 years old, both have fathers who worked in financial services, and both went to exclusive private schools.
But it was David Cameron who moved into 10 Downing Street on the evening of May 11th, a fact that neither he nor Clegg can ignore… no matter how united they appear to be.
One thing’s for sure: London is an exciting place to be right now.
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