The coalition’s next 100 days

Some key dates for your political diary.

If you read only one piece on the coalition's first 100 days in office I'd recommend Tim Montgomerie's recent NS article on the ten moments that define David Cameron's time in power. Combine this with Mehdi Hasan's account of the coalition's shock-and-awe assault on the state for a full understanding of the political significance of the government's reforms.

But what of the coalition's next 100 days? Here are some key dates for your political diary.

25 September: New Labour leader announced

The day David Cameron will learn who he'll face across the despatch box.

7 October: Shadow cabinet election results

The day ministers learn who'll be shadowing them in parliament.

20 October: Spending Review

The day we'll learn just how large the cuts to non-ring-fenced departments (everything except Health and International Development) are going to be. The review will set out spending plans for the years 2011/2012 to 2014/2015. Most budgets are expected to be cut by roughly 25 per cent, but George Osborne's promise to spare the defence and education funds from the worst means that some could be cut by up to 33 per cent.

26 October: Q3 GDP figures published

The first real test of the impact the coalition's economic policies have had on growth. Despite George Osborne's shameless attempt to take credit for the 1.1 per cent growth of the second quarter, less than a week of the period in question took place during the coalition's rule.

October (date TBC): Browne Review published

The long-awaited Browne review into higher education is due to be published some time in October. Around this date, we'll learn whether the coalition is fully committed to Vince Cable's proposal of a graduate tax.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Appreciate the full horror of Nigel Farage's pro-Trump speech

The former Ukip leader has appeared at a Donald Trump rally. It went exactly as you would expect.

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce Nigel Farage is at it again.

The on-again, off-again Ukip leader and current Member of the European Parliament has appeared at a Donald Trump rally to lend his support to the presidential candidate.

It was, predictably, distressing.

Farage started by telling his American audience why they, like he, should be positive.

"I come to you from the United Kingdom"

Okay, good start. Undeniably true.

"– with a message of hope –

Again, probably quite true.

Image: Clearly hopeful (Wikipedia Screenshot)

– and optimism.”

Ah.

Image: Nigel Farage in front of a poster showing immigrants who are definitely not European (Getty)

He continues: “If the little people, if the real people–”

Wait, what?

Why is Trump nodding sagely at this?

The little people?

Image: It's a plane with the name Trump on it (Wikimedia Commons)

THE LITTLE PEOPLE?

Image: It's the word Trump on the side of a skyscraper I can't cope with this (Pixel)

THE ONLY LITTLE PERSON CLOSE TO TRUMP IS RIDING A MASSIVE STUFFED LION

Image: I don't even know what to tell you. It's Trump and his wife and a child riding a stuffed lion. 

IN A PENTHOUSE

A PENTHOUSE WHICH LOOKS LIKE LIBERACE WAS LET LOOSE WITH THE GILT ON DAY FIVE OF A PARTICULARLY BAD BENDER

Image: So much gold. Just gold, everywhere.

HIS WIFE HAS SO MANY BAGS SHE HAS TO EMPLOY A BAG MAN TO CARRY THEM

Image: I did not even know there were so many styles of Louis Vuitton, and my dentists has a lot of old copies of Vogue.

Anyway. Back to Farage, who is telling the little people that they can win "against the forces of global corporatism".

 

Image: Aaaaarggghhhh (Wikipedia Screenshot)

Ugh. Okay. What next? Oh god, he's telling them they can have a Brexit moment.

“... you can beat Washington...”

“... if enough decent people...”

“...are prepared to stand up against the establishment”

Image: A screenshot from Donald Trump's Wikipedia page.

I think I need a lie down.

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Stephanie Boland is digital assistant at the New Statesman. She tweets at @stephanieboland