Coalitions involve wholly new ways of governing. Most other European countries understand that, as do the Scots and Welsh. But the adjustment in Whitehall among both ministers and official is still not complete.
Why everyone involved in merging or abolishing Arm's length bodies should look to the Ofcom experience - and a recently published list of 10 key lessons produced by the now defunct Hearing Aid Council.
Regardless of how long the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition lasts, long-term trends suggest that hung parliaments and coalitions are likely to become more common in future. In other words, the 2010 election result was almost certainly no fluke. So some thought is needed about how the political system needs to adapt to make a success of multi-party government. In a series of blogs, of which this is the first post, I will be addressing this subject.