We live in fascinating – and fast-moving – times. There are a lot of analyses to be undertaken of the events of the past twenty-four hours. There is also a lot to be worked out. It will be interesting to see not only the allocation of portfolios, but also how Liberal Democrat ministers work with Conservative colleagues in the same Department. There is also a lot to be worked out within Parliament itself. Will the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats sit together on the Government benches? Which party will be designated as the second largest opposition party for the purpose of allocating three Opposition days each session and whose leader will get a chance to have three questions in Prime Minister’s Question Time? The authorities will doubtless have been looking at the experience of the wartime coalition, though that provides a limited guide. That coalition drew together the three parties in Parliament and, although Labour was part of the coalition, a Labour MP was formally designated as Leader of the Opposition. This time there is an actual Opposition. What happens in Labour’s ranks in the next few months will also be fascinating.
I shall be going to Westminster later today. I had not planned to, but given events I think it will valuable to see what is happening.
Please feel free to speculate as to what will happen over future months.