Under new management

The Coalition has proved to be popular mainly, I suspect, because their exercise of power seems more humane and reasonable than at any time under New Labour.

 It is heartening to see David Cameron and Nick Clegg working for the common good after years of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown fighting like ferrets in a sack.

 As the new administration starts to tackle the mess they have been left, it is hard not to be appalled by the unbelievable profligacy and waste of the past decade.

 Yet from health to foreign relations, from defence to civil liberties, the coalition has moved with degrees of fair mindedness and deliberation that are refreshing.

 To be sure there have been and will be blunders but the tone has changed and we are at last being led by grown-ups without displays of petulance and self-importance

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