ITEM: I’m not all angsty about voting for the Lib Dems. A lot of people are weeping and wailing about helping vote in an essentially Tory government precisely because they were only voting for them to avoid this outcome. But that means they weren’t invested in or loyal to the Lib Dems as such – they and I just wanted to vote for a party that wasn’t the Tories and couldn’t stomach New Labour’s brand of authoritarian corporatism. If we’d had a left party we actually liked – or if by some miracle the Lib Dems managed to get proportional representation - we’d have abandoned them without a second thought. As things went, Cleggy boy got in his double cross first. So what? It’s just business. Am I going to vote for them next time? Absolutely not. Also, just business.
And we’re not getting ID cards – though obviously it’s the architecture behind them that needs an eye keeping on it. So if you voted Lib Dem on civil liberty grounds, as I did, then you got a bit of what you voted for, which a lot of people who voted this time round can’t say.
ITEM: I’m missing Mandelson already. Who among the new breed has the stature to be Dr Evil? When I think of such luminaries as Gove and Osborne, the only phrase that comes to mind is “spiteful man-child.”
ITEM: From a professional point of view, The Guardian made absolutely the right call on this election. There seems to be a general view abroad that the Groan should have lashed itself to the sinking ship and committed itself to writing hundreds of articles over the next however many years starting with the words “Labour MPs are to protest…”
I suspect that from the point of view of the Groan’s senior execs and editorial team there was a choice of two sides: inside and outside. Not wanting to commit themselves to “outside” they bet on a hung parliament and the party that would inevitably form part of whatever government took shape afterwards. And sure enough, there they are on the inside, ready to take up their old stock in trade as professional conscience, eager to make mischief when everything starts getting strained and leaky. And culturally, the new administration is a much better fit with the Guardian than the Telegraph. A successful bit of turf raiding there and a very good bit of business all round.
ITEM: We are now run by a coalition of well heeled, personally tolerant but fundamentally orthodox men of ambition from the Home Counties, ready to re-order the country so that men such as themselves – and the kind of women they marry and mix with in professional situations – can rise with a minimum of effort and inconvenience. Blairism has reached its final fulfilment; it is replete.
ITEM: Where is Philip Blond? I can’t believe that no-one is paying any attention to his thoughts on the new dispensation. I’m sure he must have many of them, all polished into quotes. I can see him sitting by his phone right now. He’s been sitting there since four o clock yesterday afternoon. Still, he sits. But the phone, it fails to ring. Now why can that be?