Bruin Fisher Posted May 12, 2010 Report Share Posted May 12, 2010 (The recent UK Election produced a result which did not give one party an overall majority, so backroom deals have now produced a coalition between Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, unlikely bedfellows) We are guests at a wedding, the celebration is in full swing, we have listened to the speeches from those who brought it about, and we wish the happy couple all the best. Some of us, sitting at tables distant from the wedding party, after a few drinks are quietly expressing our amazement that these two got married. We've known them for a while, and know that they've rarely agreed on anything, and yet here they are, committed to long-term co-operation. How they'll manage it has not been spelled out fully, but some details have surfaced. Nick wants electoral reform, David apparently has promised him a referendum on Alternative Voting (AV) which is not the reform that Nick wants but it's a step in that direction. Nick wants the first ?10,000 of personal income to be tax-free (currently it's just above ?6,000) and David says he can have it, although that will surely require tax rates for higher earners to be increased and David's team are always against that. Nick wants to integrate more fully with Europe, David's team includes some who want to leave Europe altogether, and some who just want to halt further integration. It's an issue that has split David's team disastrously in the past. David's Best Man, William Hague, has been speechifying on camera and on mic extensively and expresses himself full of confidence that the two parties will have a lasting and fruitful marriage, and that both are mature adults who can settle differences and bring about real progress towards economic recovery and stability. I wish them all success in their endeavour. I thought long and hard about what gift to bring to the wedding. A chalice, containing a few drops of arsenic, seemed appropriate, but I decided against it and in a spirit of cautious optimism I bought them a baby buggy in the hope that we're in for a fertile future. Bruin Quote Link to comment
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