May 12, 2010

It’s really over — New Labour has gone

The UK has a new prime minister and a new government. Whatever New Labour was, it has gone, leaving much and perhaps taking more.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


The UK has a new prime minister and a new government. David Cameron will most likely lead a Conservative Liberal Democrat coalition government, after the Lib-Dem parliamentary party and national executive gave their assent to a deal that will see the Lib-Dems hold five seats in Cabinet.


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13 thoughts on “It’s really over — New Labour has gone

  1. SusieQ

    Thanks for the excellent summary! I too wonder how the Lib-Dems can govern with the Tories, but time will indeed tell.

  2. klewso

    I thought there was a funny little aside when, was it, Hague(?) bemoaned in the post mortem how unfair it was for a constituency/country if a party took up their respective benches with a different leader/PM to the one they went into the election with – when it looked like a “Brown-out – Clegg-in” coalition would take up Downing Street – as if people vote solely for a leader.
    How-w’d he react if something happened to one, as “befell” our last PM?

  3. Michael James

    To turn SusieQ’s comment around, I wonder how the Conservatives can govern with the Lib-Dems.

    In Australian terms its a coalition between the Liberals and the Australian Democrats, one always destined to end in tears.

  4. dlew919

    Of course, Churchill was a Liberal before he went across to the Conservatives… but times, they have a-changed… Do we think it will be less than a year before the next election?

  5. Elan

    Now the fun begins…………..

  6. Jillian Blackall

    Of course we would expect Guy Rundle to be pessimistic about the prospects for a Conservative/Lib-Dem coalition.

    “Labour figures have already claimed that their phones are ringing off the hook with people wanting to rejoin, etc.”
    Good. Let the Left of the Lib Dems go back to Labour.

  7. Julian Watson

    Interesting bed fellows indeed!

    Grab a chair and watch the movie.

  8. Roberto Tedesco

    The LibDems are complete fools if they think they will survive this little carve-up intact.

  9. Jillian Blackall

    There’s no need for them to survive intact. The social democrat wing of the party was added in the 1980s and can go back to where they came from.

  10. Sancho

    I think Jillian’s right about the LDP. Australians tend to think of it as somewhere between our Democrats and Greens, but it’s actually more of a US-style libertarian party than either of those, AFAICT.

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