Let me be clear (this is the way that first of all politicians then the journalists they speak to daily now speak) things are pretty unclear. Yesterday Gordon Brown resigned (though he won’t actually go until a new leader is elected) and the Liberal Democrats negotiated with both the Tories and the Labour party in an attempt (perhaps) to form a government. In this world of 24 hour news, of newspapers that can make direct, pointed and unpleasant attacks on individuals we are used to journalists who know what is going on and who are able to tell us whatever it is straight away. These people are getting fed up with knowing little, being told less and what is worse having to wait. Their way of trying to get people to make decisions on this situation is to say the public are getting fed up with waiting and want a decision to be made.
I guess I am biased but I am prepared to wait. I do want people to decide, but I want the decision to be a lasting one. The last thing we need is for the new MPs to arrive in parliament only to be unable to do anything because no bills can be passed.
In the NHS we sit and wait. We know there is now less money in the system but essentially we don’t yet know how much less money. But it is only May and there is still time to spend less than we thought we had in the first place. There is still time for jobs to be restructured so that there are less over all, and I am pretty sure whatever the shade of purple the joint colours of the new government are that will happen.
On a positive note, only 12 days till I go on holiday – keep away ash cloud!