I have just watched two hours of utterly compelling television. It was history in our living rooms. Gordon Brown resigned with both dignity and humility – I sincerely wish him and his family well and happiness for their future.
David Cameron is now Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On the steps of Number 10 Cameron echoed Brown’s dignity and humility in stating the task ahead of him. The details of the deal with the Lib Dems are not yet in the public domain. From the leaks to the press I am hugely encouraged that we may be cherry-picking their best ideas. I have made no secret I love their £10k tax threshold idea and also that I do not think it time for the current Conservative inheritance tax plans. If these are the compromises we must make – then I may actually prefer what we are getting to what was in our manifesto! From my centre-right perspective there is the potential for us to do great things for this country now. The spirit and tone of discussions in the last few days has risen way above the usual partisan politics – if the coalition is to be successful that spirit must remain. If it does not – and I have no doubt the bulk of the money will be on it falling apart soon – then we will be back at the polls by September.
There was no mistaking the ‘One Nation’ subtext of Cameron’s words at the doorstep. I have taken a huge leap of faith in following this man. It is now time for him and the party to repay that trust.
Right now though, I have opened a bottle of something alcoholic. I am celebrating. I am thinking about all those people who put in all those hours to get a change of Government. I raise a glass to them all this evening. Tomorrow: there is work to do.