It is not going to be an easy ride.
However, the impact of Liberal Democrat voices around the cabinet table could well be profound. In any event, the very nature of a coalition will mean a more open kind of politics. There is also the matter of electoral reform: a referendum has been conceded by the Conservatives as part of the government programme. There is now an agreed programme on education - where in truth the parties' policies were not that different. It is the economy that is now the most important focus, and with Vince Cable taking a senior role, we can at least hope for some coherence and forward thinking here.
The two exhausted negotiating teams should be congratulated on coming out with a detailed programme. Nick Clegg should be congratulated on sticking firm to his principles. David Cameron should be congratulated on becoming Prime Minister at so young an age.
We are in a new political world this morning. For the Liberal Democrats it is a step along the road towards a better political system, but it will be a tricky path to follow. Our country faces new challenges, but let us hope that with intelligence and good will we can face up to these challenges and build a country that more accurately reflects the will of its people and which can deliver better economic and social conditions for the whole nation.