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Tips for living with or covering a Coalition

May 11th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

It’s been fascinating watching the UK media deal with the Coalition talks. They were either too public (the starting out speeches on Friday) or too private with no leaks. The possibility that they could have been Labour/Lib Dem rather than ConDem really upset a lot of people but it was not supported by Labour party politicians who probably wanted a break.

And now that David Cameron has moved into Downing Street the media is finally realising that there is a new politics to be covered.  They really didn’t have a clue as to what to say or predict but I expect that there will be many editorial meetings in broadcast media in the days to come deciding on how to cover things.  Sky will of course give soft cushions to the new government and gentle massages from Kay Burley and boxing lessons from Adam Boulton.

The three way debate on many programmes between the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems are now at an end.   Maybe the Scottish Nationalists, SDLP or other party might get a look in. (Ok that’s a long shot)   Jobs are being handed out like smarties to loads of people to keep them quiet.  But who will act as Dan Boyle or Jim Kemmy in the Liberal Democrats? (Simon Hughes?)  How long till the first wobble or indeed tweet saying that the programme for government will have to be renegotiated?

And then we have the matter of experience in the new government – there doesn’t seem to be much of it about. Now there wasn’t much of it about in 1997 when Tony Blair was talking about new dawns at something far too early am. But there’s bound to be many a potential cock up that can be covered.

There has been large doses of  Tory and Lib Dem bloggers on the news channels over the past few days also.  (Lots of air time to be filled and it made a change from the Spitting Image cast of Heseltine, Hurd, Redwood and Rifkind who were giving me all sorts of bad nightmares).  It will be interesting to watch blog coverage (and defence) over the first months of the new government.  The UK blogosphere is very politically divided and party aligned and it doesn’t look like changing anytime soon.

So from those of us over here who are very used to coalitions and the ‘drama’ they bring with them in both the formation and the delivery of government what other coalescing delights can we predict in the next few months?  And your predictions for how long it lasts? Will political satire return to the screens?

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