Daily View 2×2: 13 May 2010

closeup view of velcroGood morning, and welcome to your super soaraway Daily View on this, the first full day of Liberal government in the UK.

Today in 1958, Velcro was trademarked before going on to applications in haberdashery and space travel.

Birthday boys today include Arthur Sullivan, Armistead Maupin and Stevie Wonder.

2 Big Stories

There’s no doubting from the papers that today is all about the new inhabitants of Downing Street. From a Lib Dem perspective, there’s wor Vince, about to wage war on the banks. Or is he? Does the update to the Guardian’s article, filed 90 minutes after the article itself, herald the first hint of trouble in Paradise?

City is right to fear Vince Cable

Make no mistake, Cable’s appointment matters. David Cameron could have given him another economic job that would have kept him well away from anything to do with City reform. Last night it was mooted that the MP for Twickenham might be made chief secretary to the Treasury, and thus responsible for the delicate negotiations with Whitehall ministries over spending cuts.

Nick Clegg has proved he is no pushover

Jackie Ashley has praise for the Lib Dem leader’s achievements. But will it be enough?

By bringing in fixed-term parliaments and setting the next election for five years’ time, the Lib Dems hope to have had enough time to prove that they have made a difference, and are not simply mini-Cameroons. But it’s a big gamble. There is provision for another election sooner if 55% of MPs vote for one. A falling out between the parties, some rebellious MPs and a few by-elections could turn the arithmetic that way.

2 Must-Read Blog Posts

What are other Liberal Democrat bloggers saying? Here are two posts that have caught the eye from the Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

  • Jonny Wright: tuition fees campaign misdirected
  • If, like me, you’re a student, and if, like me, you’re wondering how to get rid of tuition fees, then consider this. In power, Labour introduced the damn things. The Lib Dems want to scrap them, and if ever we’re in a position to do so, we will. Now, which party should you spent your efforts fighting against?

  • Dave Page: ID Cards to go
  • I joined the Liberal Democrats at the same time as I joined No2ID, the nationwide single-issue, non-partisan campaign against the Database State. For the last few years, I have been co-ordinating Manchester No2ID, a local group of the national campaign. I have worked with people from all political backgrounds, including fellow Lib Dems, Greens, Labour and even anarchists. Working across party lines, on a single issue, has been very refreshing and helped me see beyond party politics. Our monthly street stalls keep me in touch with people’s opinions, and lead to frank and open discussions.

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  • Now that the Lib Dems and the Tories have made a single agreement on policy surely this must form the basis of a shared manifesto at the postponed general election contest (not by-election) at Thirsk and Malton. The logical extension of this is that both the Lib Dems and the Tories must stand as a Leb- Dem -Tory Coalition Party at Thirsk and Malton and at any subsequent by-election. To stand as separate parties under discrete manifestos would make nonsense of the coalition agreement for in those circumstances each would be standing on a false prospectus, one that they could not remotely guarantee to implement. Surely, the only other solution to this mess is for one party to offer to withdraw?

  • MacK – it’s not possible to register a new candidate, only UKIP is being allowed to replace its candidate.

    This is a coalition not an electoral alliance, the parties stand on their own policies and compromise in coalition. Experience from Scotland’s LibLab coalition shows that coalition partner candidates do stand against each other.

  • Mark and Ross, I accept that at this late stage the candidates at the Thirsk and Malton contest must remain on the ballot paper. The question still remains: how can you stand on your original manifesto that everyone now knows has changed?

  • Michelle Taylor 13th May '10 - 11:37am

    The original manifesto hasn’t changed. Which parts we can implement in this parliament, which we only have some of the mandate in, and which parts we will have to wait on implementing – that has changed.

    (And it isn’t as if recent governments have managed to implement all of their manifesto promises even when they had a full majority!)

  • The positions on Trident and the pace of debt reduction haven’t changed? Seriously?

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