Seventy years ago, on May 10th 1940, Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of a coalition government.
Today, we await the outcome of the current negotiations to see who will become Britain’s next Prime Minister.
The challenge any incoming government faces in 2010 is different from 1940, but in many ways no less daunting. How do we deal with Labour’s massive deficit to get our economy back on track.
What is clear is the nation needs a stable government that can command a majority in Parliament to take the difficult decisions necessary to achieve this.
It remains to be seen whether the national interest will take precedence over Party advantage.