The Olympics show whats best in our political system. The decision and effort to bring the Olympic Games to London was made under the Labour Administration of Tony Blair. Ken Livingstone was Mayor of London at the time and supported the bid. The games were awarded to London almost 10 years ago in 2003. After the change in Government seven years later in 2010 the Conservative Government has worked tirelessly in the remaining two years to ensure that the Games are a success. Boris Johnson too has contributed to this effort. This shows how major national enterprises can succeed the transition of political administrations if the project is important enough and if a political consensus is built around the project.
Another, perhaps more important, example of this is the peace process in Northern Ireland which was stared by John Major and brought to a successful conclusion in the Good Friday agreement by Tony Blair and Mo Mowlem.
So far there has yet to be a project from the Coalition Government which is of this magnitude. Let’s hope for all our sakes they are able to formulate such a project which they can hand on the baton to an incoming Labour Government to complete.