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Cameron's First 100 Days

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Political watchers have at least, in my memory, taken a keen interest in the first 100 days of any new Administration. The first I can recall was JFK's in 1960 where his inauguration speech set out his hopes, dreams and aspirations for the free world aka the United States of America.

Blair had a 100 Days in 1997 but not in 2001 or 2005. Brown, having copied much of JFK, including writing a book on Courage, had his 100 days taken away from him by what Macmillan called "Events, Dear Boy" as he had to deal with a Foot and Mouth outbreak in Surrey and mass flooding in the West Midlands. 

As he has acknowledged, Blair has felt he wasted his first five years in power. Looking back as a new MP it is hard to recall clearly what we achieved except the minimum wage. We wanted reform of the House of Lords, the voting system, higher education and the banning of foxhunting but these were delayed and delayed and delayed. In retrospect, Blair did not care much for Parliament so long as the Whips delivered.

So to Cameron and though he has a few more days left yet, he has made a good start; the Boy done well.

** won power, not in itself clear two days after the General Election

** in doing so, he out thought the paternalistic Mandelson and the pedestrian Balls

** he caught his own right wing on the hop and suckered the Lib Dems into a Coalition to stop talk of another General Election later this, or earlier next, year

** he has avoided letting Whitehall know what his team are doing; some senior civil servants might at last feel the force of unemployment and a lesser pension

** he has spoken his mind on USA, Afghanistan, Turkey, Israel and Pakistan

** his team have been left to "get" on with their departments though Gove and Lansley may yet become croppers

** though he has given George Osborne some space he is watching the Economy closely; a double dip would leave him in a parlous state

** he seems to be enjoying himself

Meanwhile, none of the five Labour candidates have yet to tell us what their own version of 100 Days will look like should they win on 25th September 2010......


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