All this talk of ‘The National Interest’ as the Conservative and Liberal Democrats try to hammer out some kind of a deal seems a little odd.
Firstly, it suggests that the Tories wouldn’t be acting in the national interest if they didn’t have to try and get support.
Secondly, it seems to presume that a deal and all the compromise that goes with it is in the national interest.
In reality, neither of these will be completely true or completely false.
Of course the government tries to act in the national interest, or at least in their perception of what the national interest is, and in some ways compromise in government is good.
What isn’t in the national interest is political posturing and claiming that it’s only one party that is acting in the national interest while at the same time crucifying Gordon Brown for fulfilling his constitutional duty by continuing in the role of Prime Minister while the Tories try to form a government.
So much for a more mature kind of politics.