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May 12, 2010

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peter

Au contraire, Obama attended Punahou School, Occidental College, and Columbia and Harvard Universities, all private (not state) institutions. It is true that he was there on scholarships, but that does not mean he "worked his way through the public education system". Obama's education was very exclusive and has much more in common with Cameron's than you imply, since Punahou is one of the leading private schools west of the Mississippi.

Or would you say that Eric Blair (aka George Orwell), who attended Eton on a scholarship, was educated by "the public education system"?


Marbury

A fair point well made, sir.

peter

Further to your post, Ian, I sense that DC's own personal sympathies are closer to LibDem policies than to the extreme right of his own party. In other words, his attempts at modernisation of the party appear to me to be genuine, not mere window-dressing. That being so, he may be thinking that being in coalition with the LibDems gives him more leverage over his own party, especially over the troglodyte right. Already, the knives seem to be out within the Conservatives, blaming the failure to secure an absolute majority of MPs on policies which they see as being too wet. So Cameron may be thinking that he can use the presence of the LDs in Government to rebuff demands from the trogs on his own right-wing for more red-blooded policies.

Successful business partnerships usually require partners to have objectives which are mutually-reinforcing, and that looks very much the case here.

Tom Morton

I'm with you, Ian. It's a proper government of all the talents. Ken Clarke at Justice, Chris Huhne at Energy and Climate Change, Vince Cable at Business and Michael Gove at Schools is a progressive, liberal line up. Note that Chris 'no benders in my B&B' Grayling did not make it in to the Cabinet. Making up a majority with Lib Dems is a powerful steer towards liberalism for the Tory government: better to be dependent on Nick Clegg than Ian Paisley for your majority.

Marbury

Right. Now all they need to do is bring Adonis back to Transport.

Elemjay

"better to be dependent on Nick Clegg than Ian Paisley for your majority"

Ain't that the truth!

There are some bold words coming from DC - maybe he really IS a big reformer in terms of shifting the fundamental tectonic plates of politics? The Tory old guard are going to *hate* it....

CC

I agree, Ian. Weird optimism is the way to go re the Liberticons. (And I voted Labour). Give them a crack of the whip, hope Dave has it in him to keep the Tebbits at bay.

Sour notes: IDS at Work and Pensions; Hague, Foreign Sec. But let's see. Anti-tory hysteria on Twitter, etc. funny but a little de trop.

underdog

First - congratulations Ian on correctly predicting this outcome!

Cameron and Clegg is an arranged marriage, but these can work just fine, of course.

Especially as this is an endogamous marriage. Clegg and Cameron may have some significant ideological differences, but socioculturally they are from the same tribe: upper-middle class/public school/Oxbridge, etc., etc. They 'speak the same language'; they obey the same unwritten rules; they instinctively understand each other.

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