Another unusually (for SW20 in July) hot humid sort of day seems apt for some thoughts on the unusual (for the UK) coalition government so far.
The Coalition government during these early weeks at least, seems to be avoiding making heavy weather of running the country. The absence of a great deal of the petty politcal bickering asociated with previous one party governments especially the last one, is novel and refreshing - the coalition government in its recent budget did what had to be done without too much fuss.
So far the largest pitfall the coalition goverment appears to have stumbled upon, is that of taking the obviously unpopular step of cancelling many school capital building projects but then failing to make clear which schools would be affected and which projects could continue - to the extent of misidentifying some schools. This resulted in unnecessary upsets and disappointments. Even then the Education Secretary Michael Gove apologised effusively and speedily. Single party government ministers have historically not been very forward about admiting mistakes and apologising so the Coalition's way of handling the error about school building projects is plus point though it would have been far better not to have made such a mistake in the first place.
The professional relationship between David Cameron and Nick Clegg seems reassuringly businesslike and mutually supportive and compares favourably (so far) with such relationships between key members of previous single party government cabinets, for example that between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Indeed the latter is apparently the subject of gossipy publicity instigated by yet another erstwhile single party government cabinet minister now Lord Mandelson, which if true would itself exemplify the kind of bickering which the old style governments attracted like wasps to the marmalade at breakfast in the garden.
The principal risk to the Coalition will be from the back benchers not resisting the tempation to indulge in old style bickering - to date though only a couple or so are making muted moans.
The LibDems are be keeping the worst of the Torys' policies at bay yet the Conservatives seem to be accepting some of the key points from the Lib Dem's whilst not giving the more wishy washy liberal arguments too much of the light of day.
It's very early days but despite the undoubted burden of having to make cuts and unpopular plans for for severe financial restraints, the new Coalition government and politics are looking good for a fairer running of the UK.