The political similarities between Tasmania (popn approx 500,000) and the UK (popn approx 61,000,000) are uncanny. The voters of both rejected majority government, demanding its political leaders govern co-operatively.

There is one stark difference.

Tory David Cameron seized the day.

Tasmanian Tory leader Will Hodgman refused even to pick up the phone.

In the UK Labor waits for it all to fall apart.

In Tasmania, Will hopes it will all fall apart.

But does he now regret that he is unable to say, as David Cameron did today:

“We are not just announcing a new government and new ministers. We are announcing a new politics, a new politics where the national interest is more important than party interest, where cooperation wins out over confrontation.”

Latest live: From the Guardian:

David Cameron and Nick Clegg have promised that the coalition will introduce “a new politics”.

At a joint press conference in the Downing Street garden, Cameron said: “We are not just announcing a new government and new ministers. We are announcing a new politics, a new politics where the national interest is more important than party interest, where cooperation wins out over confrontation.”

At the press conference the two men appeared to have a good relationship. But some found the clean-cut cheeriness too much. “The country is now being run by two characters from a Richard Curtis film,” James Kirkup said on Twitter.

Guardian Live Blog HERE