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When Will We Start Shuffling Forwards?

Posted: 11/09/2012 20:36

As things stand, I honestly don't mind which party triumphs at the next general election in 2015. All I ask is that they are able to offer some definitive and lasting solutions to some of our most debilitating issues. When the Cam-Clegg coalition came together in 2010, I held great hope for a new and exciting era in British politics, where I felt all would be if not well then at least ok under their combined leadership.

Wishful thinking, though. Two years since the idyllic honeymoon scenes in the rose garden, cracks have formed in the marriage between David Cameron and Nick Clegg, and following the latest government reshuffle which clearly favoured the right; I am beginning to feel that things may not get any better in the run up to 2015.

So, what is the answer? Keep George Osborne as Chancellor. Fine. Promote Jeremy Hunt to Heath Secretary, move Justine Greening from transport and remove Ken Clarke from justice. Great. Even bring back David Laws to keep the Lib Dems happy. I'm all for it, if it can improve our current economic climate. Thing is, it may not.

As an undergraduate student, I am worried. What if Osborne can't help us out of recession? Will I get employed straight after I graduate? No? How much is a Post-Graduate course? How long will I have to work to pay that back?

What we really need now is someone with a clear vision of how we can steer our way out of recession, build on our current society and improve the prospects of our future generations. Tony Blair once said that Peter Mandelson didn't just know what people were thinking today, but he knew what they would be thinking tomorrow. We need that kind of thinking now, though it doesn't bother me much who comes up with it or which Prime Minister drives it through. I live in hope that the coalition will survive its course, if only to know that there is some sort of structure leading us somewhere, if not forward.

But perhaps things will turn out ok. Maybe George will come up trumps and find a solution to save our economy, and maybe Cameron's industrial revolution inspired housing policy will go some way to help us recover. Let's hope so. If not, someone please come to our rescue in 2015. Someone who can see the problems and come up with a logical plan to solve them. Ed Miliband and Vince Cable may want to think about sharing some of their private messages.

 

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