On a peaceful Saturday morning, the Coalition has come under an unusual strand of commentary from behind its own doors.
Francis Maude, a Conservative who is seen to be the one who moved the Torys into a more progressive, modern state, so they were able to be in power, has openly expressed that todays Government is enforcing its changes a lot more swiftly than any of their predecessors. Maude, a current Cabinet minster, has opened fire at old Labour camps, insisting that it took them too long to implement their changes, and in fact wasted their terms in office. Also coming under fire was Tory favourite, Thatcher, who only made changes during her Parliment in 1983 and 1987.
However, our current Government faces more challenges than any other before them. A country in its deepest debt for over 50 years. From this, one would expect quick changes to be made in order to make sure all debt is erradicated before their time in power is over. Yet, if this succeeds, it leave the current Government in a place where, at the next general election, in a spot that no other party is able to swipe at; by saying ‘we got rid of the country’s debt’.
Even though such radical changes has come under critiscm from the Labour camp, suggesting that it will leave the NHS even more vulnerable than it already is, some within the inner circle, such as Lord Ashdown, has urged the coalition to slow down their changes in order to make sure they are properly tested and will not damage the country.
Despite this, Iain Duncan Smith, emphasised a different opinion to that of the former Lib Dem leader;
The lesson you learn is that you only have limited time in government to make reform happen because after two years you often spend a lot of your time dealing with events. Time is very limited, and if you are going to make change, you have to make change early.”
As a spectator of British politics, one can understand Iain Duncan Smith’s point of view, as it suggests that the coalition may not get a second term in Parliment, or even finish the current, due to its clear, fragile differences within each party.
As Mr Cameron & Mr Clegg implement more changes, and the impact become apparent, the British public, and party members shall be able to revaluate their opinions on whether the sudden speed of the changes was necessary, questioning the stability of the first coalition in 60 years.