Before he departed for Cornwall on holiday, David Cameron spoke enthusiastically about the achievements of his government in its first 80 days. Highlighting George Osborne’s budget as the greatest achievement so far, he noted to his government’s renewed energy. “We haven’t wasted a day”, he said. He pointed to the focus he and his colleagues were placing on implementation and on delivering Conservative manifesto commitments. And he argued that more progress would come soon now that the Conservatives had thrown off the shackles of coalition. Government, he said, could travel more quickly because it “helps to have one hand at the steering wheel”. Such enthusiasm is admirable. But, as we set out in our pre-election briefing notes for a new administration, governing is never easy. After an initial honeymoon period, governments are ultimately judged on their ability to govern effectively over five years—not 100 days. The question we should be asking as government reaches its 100 day milestone is therefore not just how much Cameron has done so far, but whether he has laid the foundations for success over the course of the parliament. Clear direction – but remember business as usual In some ways, Cameron has already paved the […]

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