I went out on the doorsteps yesterday, resuming my Saturday morning roving doorstep surgeries.
I was pleasantly surprised by the mood. Most who said they were Conservatives were pleased the Labour government had gone. They ranged from disappointed that we had to be in alliance with Lib Dems to quite positive about it, but all accepted it had to happen. Very few people ever confess to being Lib Dems when I call, but those that did were more positive about the Coalition than the average Conservative. Non alligned voters and non voters – people who did not volunteer their inclinations – seemed relaxed or disinterested .
Today’s polls confirm this, although they say that Lib Dems are less in favour of the arrangement than Conservatives. The government overall has around two thirds support, more than the voting support for the two founder parties. Labour has picked up support at the expense of the Lib Dems. That may be the result of the Coaliton. I suspect it is more likely to be the result of the departure of Mr Brown. Pro European Lib Dems would welcome the more Euro friendly and voter friendly Mr Miliband, the current front runner for Leader.