Well, we are now a few weeks into the new Government, and, amidst all the general confusion that has prevailed, with no-one really knowing who is in charge, we are beginning to see how the new Government will operate. And, quite frankly, it is a bit of a shambles. Boy-George Osborne took time out of school to set forth some cuts (not as oppressive to the poor as the Tories would have liked but still rather protectionist) numbering several billion pounds to be taken out of the economy, but then did not get clearance to leave school and answer questions about this in the House, leaving it to his hapless Lib-Dem deputy who took all the flack instead.
Work and Pensions Minister Ian Bunkum Smith has spoken out and said he will resign if asked to make cuts in his area. I have mixed feelings towards this man who was once a right wing protectionist, then a completely ineffectual Leader of the Opposition (surely no-one can look at footage of “beware the Quiet Man” without laughing uncontrollably). Since then, he has headed up a think tank looking into reducing poverty (something the Conservatives have never been interested in) and has developed some remarkably progressive views for someone on side of the pro/re-gressive line. That said, he is still wanting in his understanding of poverty, demonstrating a naivety we have come to expect from the privileged right wing.
Most shockingly of all, the Government, in the week of the Queen’s Speech (a most lack-lustre affair), the Government did not allow any minister to take part in BBC Question Time, unless the producers removed Alistair Campbell from the line up. This shows a breathtaking arrogance by the Eton-educated DaveandNick Cameron, who clearly feels he is entitled to tell everyone what to do, despite a mean mandate from the electorate. As David Dimbleby put it “it is for us, not the Government, to decide who appears on the panel”. Quite.