Oh for goodness' sake, how long are the BBC and the media pack going to be asking LibDem and Tory politicians how they are going to work together? The marriage/divorce metaphor has been done to death. How long will they be trawling up the puerile ad hom insults that the politicians were peddling against each other during the election campaign? Do these journalists not realise that politics is a game of two halves - one half where they pretend that their party has all the answers, and the other party knows nothing (Nothing!) and another half where, in coalition, parties work together on policy, ostensibly for the good of the nation?
In modern democracies, where the will and the opinions of the people are represented by a sensible electoral system, coalitions are the norm, not the exception. When we get PR, which we will, coalitions will be the norm here too. Bloody Get Used To It. Are we going to have 5 years of endless probing for possible divergence of policy between LibDem and the Tory constituents of Government? The real splits will turn up soon enough.
This style of journalism, this obsessive probing for divergence, is a perverse form of activism. It is not objective reporting, it is a seeking to be the journalist who exposes the fatal flaw that causes the Government to fall. Is this what they want? There is a reflexivity in the process of reporting - every question is also a statement. If they insist on concentrating only on divergence, they are seeking the economic downfall of our country, since the markets would certainly sell sterling big time if we went into another election within months.
Journalism should be about helping the people to understand the key issues facing the UK, which are:
- How do we remedy the budget deficit without stalling the economy? See here.
- How do we bring about a more equal economy, and therefore a more cohesive society? Here.
- How do we decarbonise the economy? Here.
- How do we successfully get out of Afghanistan? Here.
- How do we reform the political system? Here.
And before anyone starts up, I am not a supporter of Clegg or of Cameron. I am not starry eyed about Government of any colour. We are badly governed, not just by the politicians, but also by an essentially conservative, sclerotic Civil Service. All I want is for journalists, especially the BBC journalists who are employed by us, the people, to set their minds to explaining policy dilemmas, and to quit their boring and predictable seeking after cracks in the LibCon Coalition Government.