In recent years I've not bothered to watch the BBC's 'Questiontime' programme. The programme had gradually deteriorated under the increasingly partial chairmanship of Dimbleby, D. The panelists were generally either safe hand-picked party mouthpeices, or predictable 'independents'. However, during the general election campaign I returned to viewing the programme, just to keep up with the latest sparring of the big parties.
But since the shotgun marriage of the CondemCo government, there are indications of some deliciously ironic and hypocritical moments in store for viewers as the love-in between the two parties slowly unfolds and eventually unravels and disintegrates. Last week we had the spectacle of the fanatical manic right-wing John Redwood trying desperately to be nice to a Libdem woman panelist. And Dimbleby constantly enjoys reminding everyone of the pre-election leaders' debates when Cameron and Clegg were at each other's throats.
The Labour Party was uncharacteristically wise to have nothing to do with the Libdems or any sort of 'rainbow' alliance. Thereby they managed to snatch a sort of victory from the jaws of defeat in the election.
I don't believe this government will last a full five year term (why five years?). But neither do I consider it will disintegrate early. I'd give it at least a couple of years. There is too much riding on it for both coalition parties for them to allow it to fail early. They both wanted a taste of power, really desperately. That power will not be surrendered readily, no matter what unlikely political backwaters they have to navigate.
Here is another image from right-wing Mid Beds Tory MP Nadine Dorries' blog, just a few days before the election. I'm not making it up - this really did appear on her blog:
Malcolm Bailey is a green activist and writer living in Bedfordshire, after careers working as a senior medical physicist and university senior lecturer.
He was a Bedfordshire County Councillor from 1981-1993, and a member of Bedfordshire Education Committee for twelve years. He joined the Green Party in 2006. Malcolm Bailey was the Parliamentary Candidate for the Green Party in Mid Bedfordshire constituency at the 2010 General Election.
Malcolm is married to Patricia, with three grown-up children and three grandchildren.
He is a member of UCU, the Universities and Colleges Union, and Luton Poetry Society.
Malcolm Bailey is a member of Luton and Bedfordshire Green Party.
Malcolm is currently Co - Chair of the Green Left network within the Green Party of England and Wales, and a member of the International Ecosocialist Network.
He is a keen wildlife gardener and enjoys walking.