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Thursday 12 May 2011

A year is a short time in politics

Can it really be only a year since the coalition was formed? It seems to have been going on forever.
Most governments need much longer than 12 months to screw up badly. This one has achieved it spectacularly in almost no time at all.
The bulk of commentary on the first anniversary has been only too predictable - how well they are doing, how much more there is to do, keep your noses to the grindstone, keep right on to the end of the road, and so on and so forth.
There are only two facts worth noting about the "achievements" of the past year, though. The first is that never before has any government been forced into so many about-turns in such a short time and particularly so soon after coming to power.
Secondly, this is an administration of incompetents and incompetence. It comprises a mix of demonically driven right-wing ideologues who refuse to see or accept that their ideas are not just mad but unworkable; and weak ministers who may see what is going wrong but haven't the guts or the authority to do anything about it.
It is going to end in disaster. Ceretanly disaster for the LibDems and Clegg. Surely disaster for the Tories. And, tragically, disaster for the country.
Labour doesn't have the answers or the ability to oppose effectively let alone lead the fight. The cuts are about to bite which will foment real resistance which in turn will cause panic among the headless chickens who believe they run the country.
It is impossible to see where this is all going. The problem is, the politicians haven't a clue where it is going, either.

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