Britain’s coalition gov’t forms up

Newly named UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said upstart
Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg will be at the “inner core” of the UK’s new
coalition government.

Mr. Cameron has hailed what he
called a “progressive alliance” between the Conservatives and Lib
Dems.

He said the coalition government
was not just about grabbing power but was based on shared values – describing
himself as a “Liberal Conservative”.

He also confirmed left wing
campaigner Will Hutton would lead an inquiry into cutting top public sector
pay.

Mr. Hutton, who is vice-chairman of
the Work Foundation think tank, was the right person to lead such an inquiry,
said Mr. Cameron. Only recently he urged the Lib Dems to shun a Tory coalition.

Mr Cameron said NHS managers and
other senior civil servants should not earn “more than 20 times the lowest
paid” in their organisation and they should not be paid large bonuses, of
the kind he said had been approved by the Labour government.

Mr. Cameron said he had considered
trying to set up a Conservative minority government, with a basic Lib Dem
agreement not to vote it down, rather than a full coalition, when his party
failed to win an overall majority in last Thursday’s general election.

Although such a move would have
been “easier and simpler” and was what people expected, Mr Cameron
said he and Mr Clegg “both decided to take that risk” and go for a
full coalition which he said was “in the national interest, had a majority
and is strong and stable”.

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