Con-Dem: The Hundred-Day Honeymoon


Written by Oly Beer
23 Monday 23rd August 2010

Traditionally, behind the iconic door of number 10 Downing Street there has been one individual and one political party ruling the roost. However, just over one hundred days ago marked the beginning of David Cameron’s and Nick Clegg’s bi-party love nest. The Con-Dem coalition was born.  

This new coalition formed by two tremendously different ends of the political spectrum capsulated both the left and right wing ideology. The formation came as a surprise to the British electorate that two parties with such substantial differences decided to unite. Was this a turning point in British politics or merely a marriage of convenience? Clegg and Cameron didn’t forecast a bad turn of events, offering assurances to a confused British public almost immediately. ‘The coalition will work’ and, ‘a new direction for Britain’ are among our favourites to date. Nonetheless, are they little more than old words jumbled into new sentences banked up even more pressure to deal with the mounting economic crisis Britain faces?  
With most of the British public sceptical about whether the Clegg and Cameron wedlock would work, the pair wasted no time in hastily hiding their differences. Alas, the newly formed Con-Dem government set about work to repair Britain’s near broke economy, stem growing unemployment and fulfil a load of other election promises the average member of the electorate had already forgotten. What followed was a disturbing cliché as both leaders spoke of their mutual affection for each other (temporarily forgetting their previous hostility for one another?) and published a manifesto containing their aims which no one under forty has ever read. Here’s a brief summary: fight the deficit, be enthusiastic and clear up a few other things like Labour’s promise to end child poverty by 2020 (naughty Labour) and, most importantly, look busy.



In the last one hundred days British politics has reddened our ears with the continuous and unsettling announcements of job cuts to both the private and the public sectors. Ironically, cuts in policing staff levels are apparently not supposed to increase crime and cuts in the NHS won’t damage patient care. Bizarre, I know. Policing cuts are estimated at around 28,000 officers out of the current 144,663. No one yet has mentioned the possible sharp rise in car and home insurance because of the cutbacks. One thing is safe to say, Britain is in a mess.  
Although the one hundred day anniversary has had the majority of news sources buzzing with excitement, the reality is that it’s still very early days for the coalition. The recent landmark at most is likely to benefit Hallmark with a flurry of cards on their way to number ten. If you’re politically apathetic or disgruntled by the way things are currently going, fear not, the true success (or failure) of the new coalition government will be measurable at the next general election, where you’ll find out from Labour, how many promises haven’t been fulfilled.
Whether the new coalition will do what Tony Blair did not and bring a ‘new dawn’ and a ‘new era of politics’ is anyone’s guess. My advice, don’t hold your breath. However, it is important to take into account that in one hundred days of power, achieving universal contentment in the country is impossible.


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  • Guest: lcanning
    Mon 30 - Aug - 2010, 11:22
    love political satire
  • Guest: Tjmathews
    Tue 24 - Aug - 2010, 12:19
    Quirky and ironic, the ingreients of a great journalist - I loved it.