Tuesday, May 11, 2010

David Cameron is UK’s new prime minister


BBC: Conservative leader David Cameron has become the UK's new prime minister after the resignation of Gordon Brown.
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg will be his deputy after they agreed to the UK's first coalition government in 70 years.
Mr Cameron, who at 43 is the youngest PM in nearly 200 years, vowed to set aside party differences and govern "in the national interest".
Mr Clegg said he acknowledged some Lib Dem voters would have doubts about the deal but urged them to "keep faith".
Mr Cameron's party won the most seats in the general election last week, but not enough to secure an overall Commons majority, resulting in a hung Parliament. 
I admit to not being well versed in UK politics (UK readers feel free to chime in). From what I understand thus far, it would appear that Cameron’s chances of success are rather slim. 

He has to form a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats at a time when the UK will need some serious course corrections. This seems almost as difficult as the Daily Kos and Hot Air trying to rewrite ObamaCare. Added to the difficulties is that Cameron will have to makes some serious cuts in order to clean up Gordon Brown’s spending spree. Those cuts would be difficult by himself, but with the Lib Dems tied to his back, I just don’t see it.

What I will be watching for in the future will be how Obama interacts with Cameron. Obama gave Gordon Brown the cold shoulder on several occasions. I always found that odd, because policy wise, Gordon Brown is basically an older white version of Obama.

On the brighter side of things, the election of Cameron seems to signal that Europe maybe finally waking up from its social welfare stupor by electing yet another conservative. There maybe hope for Europe after all.

Via: BBC

3 comments:

ozzie said...

I did see one of their debates because Fox had decided to show them instead of Red Eye and I have to admit that I love their debate format. I wish we had that system here.

To the point- Having seen interaction from the crowd at the debate I can tell you that they have a huge entitlement mentality. Everyone seems to think, what am I getting from you as though the government has a responsibility to take care of its people.

I am surprised with how things turned out, but I think it was mostly because of the dislike for Brown.

I noticed that you said you don't keep up with their politics but I hope you do check them out some time. They have a very very liberal side to them and it is what I'm afraid we might turn into. America, generally, has a much different approach to government, but the entitlement class has grown and we can see it manifested in the unruly behavior of the unions and other entitlement dependent peoples' protests.

The guy is a Conservative, true- but Conservative has a slightly different meaning over there than over here.

Let's hope for the best!

Clifton B said...

Ozzie:

To the point- Having seen interaction from the crowd at the debate I can tell you that they have a huge entitlement mentality. Everyone seems to think, what am I getting from you as though the government has a responsibility to take care of its people.

Make no mistake, this will be our future under ObamaCare!

Conservatives across the pond are nothing like conservatives here. Over there they are somewhere between John McCain and DeDe Scozzafava. They have to be because their politics is mainly about welfare.

Mats said...

I wouldn't be so sure about europeans moving away from the welfare system. Things have come so deep inside of us that even conservative. church going PASTORS think that the government should "provide free healthcare". I hear those thigns with horror.

Leftism is so ingrained in us that we don't seem to be able to think outside the socialist box. When I mention anti-socialist stuff in church, people look at me as if I am from another planet.

When I say that no Gov can MANDATE the population to buy a health care plan, they think that this means we should leave poor people to die in the streets.

I get really frustrated at times.

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