This ITN News video summarizes the concessions the Tories and the Lib Dems made to create the majority coalition in Parliament. Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg, will be Deputy Prime Minister. So, the "ConDemNation" joke on Twitter became reality. There's talk that the coalition is fragile because of the differences in political instincts and The Guardian is quick to microanalyze the body language of Clegg and Tory Prime Minister David Cameron.
The broad brushstrokes::
- Referendum on Parliamentary voting reform
- Fixed term Parliaments
- Work towards raising income tax threshold to £10,000
- No immigration amnesty and caps on non-EU immigration
- Enhanced student premium for schools
- Fiscal conservatism with respect to deficit
- Nuclear defence gets a green light
- No Europe in the near future
The Times details the Lib-Con accord. It will be interesting to see how this plays out and what happens with the UK economy, which I feel will play a large role in the success of the coalition.
Song:: Depeche Mode-'Condemnation'
Twitterversion:: DBlog:: Details on Lib-Con accord & reality sinks in on UK's Con/Dem Nation. Cue the Depeche Mode song. #ukelection @Prof_K