The July 30, 2010 edition of the BBC Radio 4 topical discussion program, Any Questions? was perhaps the most interesting since that following the dramatic May 6, 2010 general election, though the disproportionately right-leaning 4-person panel should have been better balanced by the show's producers. The discussion focused mostly on the recently announced measures for government cost cutting, benefits reform, and electoral reform (e.g., the 2011 Alternative Vote referendum) introduced by the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government under the nascent premiership of David Cameron.
I think the government is a surprisingly good one...so far. Not perfect, but not as bad as I feared. Benefits (e.g., "incapacity benefit") and immigration all do need reforming in Britain, as they do in the US, too--though not nearly as badly. (After all, the US already had its "welfare to work" reform season, under President Bill Clinton.) I just hope that the Liberal Democrats will keep the Tories from going too far. There are still some real dinosaurs among the Tory leadership. And while education reform is also needed, I certainly do not agree with measures relying on faith-based schools.
(Photo: Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (R), leader of the Liberal Democrats, outside of 10 Downing Street. The post of Deputy Prime Minister exists only at the discretion of the Prime Minister; it is absent from Britain's uncodified constitution. The graphic above (original source unknown) combines the Liberal Democrats' symbol of a yellow bird with the Conservative Party's new brush-stroke symbol of a tree (a "thy native oak"?), a part of the Tories' efforts to update their party's image in advance of the 2010 general election.)