British Politics, Why A Coalition Between Nick Clegg And David Cameron Is A Good Thing

This is a very exciting time in British politics. I am proud to see a coalition government - the first in 60 years for the UK. The people have voted with a majority to David Cameron and the Conservative party. This majority was not enough to form a strong government though. As a result this empowered Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrat party, with their minority vote, to be in the powerful position of choice. By joining either political party - labour or conservative - they could potentially place either party in government. Who would Nick Clegg choose? Labour or Conservative? This situation was unique. Where else would you find the losing party be in such a powerful position?  This is British politics at its best!

David Cameron & Nick Clegg - The Faces of British Politics

Kind Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph
Kind Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph

Liberal Democrats - Bird Of Peace

Conservative Tree Symbol

The Liberal Democrats 'peace' influence amongst the follage of the Conservative tree of stability.
The Liberal Democrats 'peace' influence amongst the follage of the Conservative tree of stability.

Nick Clegg Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is And Negotiated With David Cameron

Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats and now our deputy Prime Minister, advocated during the election campaign that should a potential coalition government occur, then he would side with the party with the majority vote. This was putting the national interest as the primary focus, before his own party.

He put his money where his mouth was. He and his team negotiated with David Cameron of the Conservative party and spoke with Gordon Brown, the existing Prime Minister at the time, of the Labour party. The Lib-Dem party, who came in as third place in the elections, was now in pole position. This was a chance for Clegg to inspire real political change. With the positive and progressive attitude of David Cameron, a compromise was reached as a way for both parties to work in partnership for the common good - the people for which they serve.

It is now that you will be able to see the Liberal Democrat's symbol - the bird of peace - nesting in the tree of the Conservatives. It is how things should be at this time in history, despite the cynics.

David Cameron Announces Coalition Administration

A Time For Growth, A Time For Recession, A Time For Stagnation - A Clegg Time For Cameron Change!

Whilst the media and the people were in a panic as to the potential coalition government, I was actually hoping for this. It was almost predictable. Why?

Just as David Cameron's Conservative tree flourishes, so is there a time for recession and stagnation. This inactivity often comes after a time of great growth and recession.

This sounds like what is happening in the world at the moment, doesn't it? Therefore, it comes as no surprise that as the natural part of life, when considering indecision, that the people of the UK could not make a concerted decision whilst voting for our Government.

Have you noticed similar patterns with other situations, not only on personal levels, but on economic and political levels? Again, this is the natural course of patterns that are happening in the world dynamics.

Cameron & Clegg Working As A Team - Political Dynamics From Inaction to Action

When there is a time of indecision, we often look to others to help us through. They may give us a different point of view and, if you are open to this (as it appears that David Cameron and Nick Clegg are), working as a team might just force political dynamics from inaction to action.

The bird of peace and freedom, therefore, can be the eyes of the world and the calming force that could provide the right conditions for growth. It is like Nick Clegg is the peacemaker and David Cameron is the strength - quite appropriate for their symbols that they represent, don't you think?

An Alliance Breezing Through The Winds of Change Toward the National Interest

British politics is feeling the wind of change breezing through the wings and leaves of Clegg and Cameron. This is a unique situation for unique times and it is now that we should all be thinking in terms of working toward one world - for the better good or in the case of politics of today, the National interest.

We have been very fortunate in this alliance. Both David Cameron and Nick Clegg have social intelligence. David, particularly, has a great sense of humour, charm and carisma. Nick is a great public speaker, as demonstrated in the television election debates. More importantly, however, both Clegg and Cameron are from a new generation of children. They were born from the parent's of the sixties, seen the doom of the late 70's and lived through the changes of the 80's.

Both Cameron & Clegg Are The Generation To Practice New Ideals - People Power!

British politics during this time had grown and become more people focused. A realisation that partnerships in health and social welfare services, for example, can be powerful in the public and private sectors. Patients and users of care services benefit as competitive services provide their best service, cheaply. This is about working toward the best interest of the patient and requires putting their personal differences aside.

The idea's from what we now know as the National Health Service Community Care Act 1990 has helped sawn the seed. It has helped shape and change attitudes. Younger politicians have learned that they can put differences behind them and to focus on the common good.

In this example, the ideas of client centred approach and internal markets in health and social welfare are the foundations to the philosophy of working in partnership. Both David Cameron and Nick Clegg are the generation that have grown up with these philosophies. If you want to learn more about this, please click on the highlighted links above.

British Politics Has Spawned A New Generation of Politicians

British politics has spawned a new generation of politicians.  Ones that grew up, witnessing the greed and power corrupt leaders of the past.  Both Nick Clegg and David Cameron are willing to go beyond personal ego and scribe their names in history.  They are from a pioneering generation and, like many of our generation, are prepared to focus on what is important.  Through negotiation, listening and respecting each other's views, I can see the future is hopeful like the Dove and strong like the oak.  Let us all take the view of working for the common good - united we stand, divided we fall!

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An Alternative View From JayJay

Now in true coalition style, I am about to offer you an alternative view about the election. Jayjay, sees the situation differently. We are both focusing upon providing the people an informed judgement on the political situation. This is about putting people first.

In the National interest, I am pleased to provide a link to Jayjay's hub - now the vote is down to you!

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Green Lotus profile image

Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Thanks for explaining the recent election and its implications. Sounds like a good strong move for the British and for the world. Let's hope it moves forward successfully.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Exciting times for the UK. Your enthusiasm is clear, and I hope it is a time of growth and prosperity for you.

Mike


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NeilRF 6 years ago from NE Scotland

Had hoped for a bigger swing to the Lib-Dems, but there we go! In Scotland, with only one Conservative MP there's a bit of grumbling, but we need to make this work. Good Hub - marked it up!


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Green Lotus... the media would lead us to believe it being doomful. They are talking down our brilliant Country and, in doing so, talking down the value of our stocks and shares. I cant help think to myself...that some finacial institutions are going to make a quick buck out of this! A stock market with great gains and falls can prove quite lucrative to shrewed investors... for which a lot in the media have a strong concern in. How else can they make their money but by manipulating market forces!

Thanks for reading:)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Mike.. Our prosperity is your prosperity. If we want to get out of these hard times, we all have to work together and put our personal feelings to one side... just like David Cameron and Nick Clegg!


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

NeilRF.. The lib dems did the best out of the lot of them! No one who follows the libs can grumble.

This is something that I hoped for.. we need to have collective responsibility, compromise - it is about being human and respectful of diversity. I am believer in diversity - a good mix of different people can give a broader perspective of all things in life.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

I agree an exciting time with two young energetic leaders - I hope Britain gets back on track for my British friends :)


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NeilRF 6 years ago from NE Scotland

Agreed - collective responsibility and diversity. No one party can have all the answers, so finally some co-operation (and a fairer voting system to follow, I hope)!


Clouds Above 6 years ago

Yes, there is a new generation which has taken over power in the UK. Cameron and Clegg are both members of Generation Jones--between the Boomers and Generation X. It's also worth noting that almost half of the new Parliament are GenJonesers, as is more than half of the new cabinet. Numerous top experts have discussed in lots of top media outlets the importance of the new GenJones leaders like Obama, Sarkozy, Merkel, Rudd, and now Cameron.

Here is a new article today on ePolitix.com about GenJones arriving at 10 Downing Street: http://www.epolitix.com/latestnews/article-detail/...

Here is site with an overview of GenJones in the UK:

http://www.generationjones.org.uk/

Here is a short video with Jonathan Ross talking about GenJones: http://www.youtube.com/user/GenerationJonesTV#p/a/u/1/5ZmO6Pl2E28

And here is an overview of GenJones outside the UK:

http://GenerationJones.com


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

It will be fascinating to see how this alliance works out.


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

Great minds think alike. I don't mean Cameron and Clegg, but you and me. I've just published a hub on the same subject, how about a coalition ? Or we could link our hubs?


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Billy.. I havent been so optimistic about politics for a long time. The rest of the world will benefit too. Thanks for your comment:)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Neil - the good news is that the people get to vote for a better voting system. Cameron has fulfilled his promise of people first - people power!


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Cloud... I didnt realise that I had hit on similar thoughts about GenJones. Yes, I can see Obama has the same thoughts and conclusion. It is about putting egos to one side and working toward the common cause:)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Breakfastpop - watch out for the next thrilling installment! *wink*


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Jayjay - I would be delighted to participate in a coalition with you:)


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

Shaz - I have followed UK Politics for quite some time, It's good to see the 'Chin Up' lets pull together attitude on both sides of the bench. I wish them and you much good luck with the challenges ahead!!


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

This seems to be a greatness that is encompassing a new generation Hmrjmr1. These times are hard, but exciting! Thanks for your contribution :)


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

great hub well done lots of interesting & accurate detail..


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks Barry:)


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

I think David Milband was /is the man hope he gets to lead in the near future...


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Barry... I dont know much about DM as yet - but he seems to be a darling of the press. They seem to love him! And we all know who are the real people in power, dont we? The Media!


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Hi ShaZ! I admit to finding the british accent highly captivating....their politics? Not so much. I believe USA has enough drama...however I did enjoy your article and the news...You should partner with BBC World News! Great hub!


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Awww Ann... we have drama's in short bursts, whereas politics in the USA seems to be a drama every day! lol.. However British politics have been incredibly boring up until now... we have a new hope and a new start! Thanks for reading:)


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Singular Investor 6 years ago from Oxford

Hi - I couldn't figure out whether you were being serious or sarcastic. How do you feel now that the LibDems have reneged on their signed pledge on tuition fees ?


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Singular investor - I dont actually think any of the politicians had a clue as to the level of debt that the last Government had spent, neither do I think that the Libdems ever thought they would be in the position that they have found themselves in. It is easy to pledge something when you dont actually believe will come into being.

Obviously, Clegg didnt do his research, but then, how would anyone know what really gets hidden when there is an econmic crisis and an election.

History repeats itself. When Callaghan first entered 11 downing street, Reggie Maudling was on his way out to another life in opposition. He said to Callaghan 'Good luck old cock, sorry to leave things in such a mess'. When the new Chancellor, Callaghan, opened the desk, he soon realised that Maudling was not talking about the state of the office... he had discovered a crippling national debt of 800 million pounds. Ref: Andrew Marr.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQAXOfx0Wr4&feature...

The point that I am making, is that we have a crippling National debt now (formed from the banking crisis). I dont think Clegg knew what he was getting into when pledging. The labour party had lied as to the level of debt and made it seem better than it actually was.

Hindsight is a great thing and I dont think that if Clegg had been truely informed as to how seriously in debt that we are, he would not have made the pledge.

I am not in a position to judge Clegg, all I am concerned with is getting our country back on its feet. There are ways of protesting and violence is not the path. I am still glad that we have a coalition - we need to all pull together and unite to bring Britain back to life again.


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Singular Investor 6 years ago from Oxford

Shazwellyn - it would appear that hindsight and the level of the debt had nothing to do with it, as Nick Clegg had no intention of keeping his promise even when he made it, as we are now discovering - "A month before Clegg pledged in April to scrap the "dead weight of debt", a secret team of key Lib Dems made clear that, in the event of a hung parliament, the party would not waste political capital defending its manifesto pledge to abolish university tuition fees within six years. In a document marked "confidential" and dated 16 March, the head of the secret pre-election coalition negotiating team, Danny Alexander, wrote: "On tuition fees we should seek agreement on part-time students and leave the rest. We will have clear yellow water with the other [parties] on raising the tuition fee cap, so let us not cause ourselves more headaches."

A month after this secret document, Clegg recorded a YouTube video for the annual NUS conference on 13 April in which he pledged to abolish fees within six years."

I admire your wish to get the country back on its feet, but the country unfortunately is run by politicians who lie and cheat and if they sign pledges before an election knowing full well that they have no intention of honouring their pledges then what sort of government can we expect ? And how can we believe a word they say ? And what is democracy worth if all we are doing is going through the motions of a sham election every few years to elect a different bunch of liars ?

http://iaindale.blogspot.com/2010/11/libdems-plann...


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

After my last response, I chanced upon your evidence that you describe.

I really dont think that Clegg truly thought he would actually be in a position of power, so it is easy to make pledges.

I agree that like all clever humans, the ability to cheat is great in many politicians. It doesnt endear a respect from me to Clegg and this demonstration could present his own downfall... 'what a web we weave, when at first we deceive!' He will get what is coming to him... he isnt as clever as he would like to think he is and I dont think the LibDem party will put up with this.

However, the principals outlined in this article, I still stand by. I am still excited and optimistic at the coalition and the future of the country. I think there are a lot of good people in politics and, as time goes by, more ordinary people will be able to speak for the people.

Clegg was wrong to make a pledge that he could not live by and his career will suffer for it. But we all need to recognise that working in unity and partnership is a good thing - we all need to focus on the positive and make our voice heard in this way.


georgiawashington 4 years ago

This coalition government has been a disaster for the UK.


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shazwellyn 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

georgiawashington - any government would have been a disaster for the Uk - just because of the global crisis has been disasterous for the world!

There is no getting away with it... the world financial system is in collapse and whoever is in power are set up for failure. The truth of the matter is, the real power source are the bankers.

There is only one greater power and that is people power. Until the people turn their backs on the banks, their power base will remain.

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