Being from a rather cynical generation, and having come across over the years many substantive reasons to justify such cynicism (including being so thoroughly disappointed with how new Labour turned out), my expectations of the new political era in the UK are not that great. It felt last night more of a sense of great relief that the corrupt bunch of whatever DID NOT get back into power than being joyous per se at the replacement. From the press conference in the Downing Street rose garden, it seemed that the journalists also felt cynical, although unlike some of them I would rather be pleasantly surprised. Then again, they want things to go wrong so that they can report on it.
Nevertheless there are already positive vibes emanating from Downing Street, including changes to halt the erosion of civil liberties.
I’m sure others will be writing about this in more depth, but the scrapping of the ID card scheme, the national identify register and so on is welcome new for the vast majority of people living in the UK. Who knows, maybe some of these CCTV cameras on our streets may eventually disappear? Quod erat demonstrandum.