We have surprised people with actions: Clegg

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 19:36

London: Defying predictions of early
doom, Britain`s first post World War II coalition government
on Wednesday completed 100 days in office, with the deputy prime
minister Nick Clegg claiming "we have surprised people with
action not paralysis."

"We have introduced more reforms in 100 days than the
last government did in 13 years," a beaming deputy Prime
Minister Nick Clegg said in a televised interview to mark the
After the inconclusive May general elections which
produced an unlikely alliance between the right wing
Conservatives and Centre-Left Liberal Democrats, political
watchers had predicted an early doom of the coalition.

"We are still here," Clegg said as he holds fort with
Prime Minister David Cameron who is on a two week holiday
with his family.

Elaborating on how they had done better than Tony
Blair and Gordon Brown, the new young deputy prime minister
said, "We`ve reformed the NHS (National Health Scheme), bought
in political reforms, improved schools and bought changes to
tax system and pensions."

"Our test has been. Have we sorted out the economy?
Are there jobs? That is the acid test," Clegg asked.

He said, the coalition government was working towards
solving all these issues.

But, the severe test for the coalition is coming in
next few weeks when it implements the sweeping fiscal cuts in
the economy.
A comprehensive economic and spending review has been
announced for October 20. But till then the coalition is
riding the popular waves, with a latest Guardian opinion poll
showing that 46 per cent of the British people believed that
the Conservative-Lib-Dem tie up was doing a good job.


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First Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 19:36

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