Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Door Only Opens From the Inside

David Cameron becomes the Prime Minister of Britain

The door of Number 10 Downing Street only opens from the inside. Today, it finally opened for Conservative Party leader David Cameron.

The deal-making with Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats isn't yet quite complete.

A few days ago, outgoing Prime Minister Gordon Brown resigned as Labour Party leader. Today, he resigned as Prime Minister.

"Only those who have held the office of prime minister can understand the full weight of its responsibilities and its great capacity for good," he announced. "I have been privileged to learn much about the very best in human nature, and a fair amount, too, about its frailties, including my own."

Cameron has offered the Liberal Democrats a full coalition government, with Lib Dems joining Cameron's cabinet. George Orsborne will assume the office of Chancellor of the Exchequer, and William Hague will become Foreign Secretary, but other than that there are to be up to four Cabinet jobs offered to the Lib Dems, including the office of Deputy Prime Minister, which will fall to Nick Clegg.

"This is going to be hard and difficult work. A coalition will throw up all sorts of challenges. But I believe together we can provide that strong and stable government that our country needs," Cameron announced.

What David Cameron does from here on out will tell the tale of his government, and of his political future. Coalition with the Liberal Democrats will be tricky for Cameron to walk, but if he can manage the trick, he may yet be rewarded in a future election.

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