Give the new government a chance, says our panel

THE new government deserves the benefit of the doubt but won’t last a full five years, according to our panel of London’s business professionals and financiers.

We asked the City A.M. / panel to say how confident they were in the Liberal Conservative coalition, and to estimate how long the government would last.

The vast majority (80 per cent) said they had either a lot or a reasonable amount of confidence in the government, against 19 per cent that said they had no or not much confidence.

But the government will not last, the panel said. The majority (57 per cent) thought it would fall apart within three years, as tensions between the Liberals and Tories begin to break out.

However, a significant minority (33 per cent) said the government would last a full five years.