What a heart warming, stirring sight it is to see a new Conservative Prime Minster speaking outside the front door of 10 Downing Street. For the last 13 years I have worked with colleagues and longed for this day. Yes we have had to share power with the Lib Dems but the thought of another several years of a defeated and demoralised Labour party struggling on in office was too dreadful to contemplate.
Working with the Lib Dems in coalition will not be without difficulty. However, believe that David Cameron has the character and judgement to deal with those issues effectively. I was an early supporter of David Cameron, having originally intended to support David Davis. When I heard the two David’s speak at the launch of their respective leadership campaigns I quickly switched my support to Cameron and was listed on his website as one of the former Parliamentary candidates backing him. I have not agreed with everything he has done with the Conservative party since he took over as leader but I have no doubt that he is taking us in the right direction.
David Cameron is a decent, open and tolerant man who will be a credit to this country. I could never conceive of him having someone like Damian McBride in the heart of number 10, plotting smear campaigns against political opponents. I hope that Cameron avoids some of the Blairite hypocrisy of promising to be “whiter than white”, falsely raising expectations that are then dashed. If Cameron is to succeed in restoring trust to politics and politicians he must be realistic and honest with the public.
Tomorrow morning sees a bright new dawn for this country and I will be heading to work with a spring in my step. Now the hard work begins to begin to restore this country’s finances and future after the mess left by another Labour Government.