I was initially sorry to hear that the Lib-Lab deal couldn't be brokered; I was also teary-eyed at hearing Gordon Brown resign, on the BBC; but I am, today, curiously revived by the feeling of a fresh, and yes, historic start, for this new Conservative-Lib Dem coalition. Nick Clegg as Deputy PM isn't bad, with Vince Cable overseeing banking. Some of the fairer tax and voting concerns I voted for may be taken into account. I remain deeply suspicious of the Tory anti-Europe, pro-Trident positions, and their general indifference to progressive issues, but the first coalition of its kind since World War Two is worth trying, and worth watching. These aren't strange days, but different days, indeed. Clegg's up, after all.