LONDON — Conservative leader David Cameron walked into No. 10 Downing Street on Tuesday night as Britain’s new prime minister, ending five days of political limbo and 13 years of Labor Party rule after forging a historic coalition that spans the country’s political spectrum.
I just hope I?m also wrong in my dread of our new Foreign Secretary, William Hague ? the most strongly eurosceptic person ever to hold that position, the mastermind behind the Conservatives? withdrawal from the EPP in the European Parliament, and a man who, back in 2001, led an explicitly anti-EU general election campaign that revolved around the populist nonsense-slogan ?Ten Days to Save the Pound?.
New Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives and the smaller Liberal Democrat party led by Nick Clegg struck an agreement early today (12 May) to form Britain’s first coalition government since 1945. Clegg is leading the Liberal Democrats back into government for the first time in 70 years.
Prime Minister David Cameron,
from EUobserver.com – Headline News
Tory leader David Cameron is the new British prime minister and will form a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats. In exchange he has offered to hold a referendum on the majority voting system, which has so far put smaller parties at a disadvantage. The country is on the threshold of a new era, writes the European press.
David Cameron’s Conservatives take power again. But at what cost?
Here’s an 1987 photo of Prime Minister David Cameron (back row, 2nd from left) with fellow members of the “notorious” Bullingdon Club, which Martin Lewis describes as “a UK equivalent of Yale’s exclusive Skull & Bones Society … an ultra-exclusive clique that admits only the nation’s richest and brattiest trust-fund kids.”
In my lifetime I have never witnessed such political excitement and chaos in the UK. For the first time in 36 years Britain?s political parties have been thrown into the highly unusual and explosive situation of not knowing who will form the next government — something Britain?s usually straight-laced politicians more often than not associate with the more exotic countries ?on the
The Conservatives polled the most votes of any single party in England, but their majority of English Parliamentary seats is by no means based on an overall majority of votes.
Here is the cabinet as it is announced. The Liberal Democrats are expected to get 5 posts, 3 are confirmed (Clegg, Laws, Cable), but 2 others have been mentioned (Huhne (Climate and Energy) and Alexander (Scotland) . So far only one woman as been appointed. (13:20 update)
from Social Europe Journal by Henning Meyer
from FP Passport by Joshua Keating