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Energy Bill: Will the coalition split like an atom?

Energy Bill: Will the coalition split like an atom?

by Clare McNeil / 05 Mar 2013 13:59

 

The government is facing a possible backbench rebellion by Conservative as well as Liberal Democrat MPs on an amendment from Tory MP Tim Yeo to the Energy Bill. The vote, likely to be at the end of the month, calls on the government to set an ambitious clean energy target for the power sector by 2030 to secure new low carbon energy to replace ageing coal and nuclear plants.

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Competition: two free tickets to Coalition

Competition: two free tickets to Coalition

by Jasmine Pal / 11 Feb 2013 12:35

The smash hit play Coalition fresh from its Edinburgh run, travels to the Pleasance Theatre in Islington, London, documenting the final days of Lib Dem leader Matt Cooper.

The fast-paced political comedy takes place in 2015 leaving the coalition a few months to govern before the next general election. The relationship between the Conservative prime minister and his Lib Dem deputy is far from functional, as issues of an economic slump further add

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Is Burstow revealing further coalition cracks?

Is Burstow revealing further coalition cracks?

by James Nickerson / 03 Jan 2013 17:21

The former health minister, Paul Burstow, has put forward what he states would be “brave and caring” politics in benefits and welfare reform, thrusting both Nick Clegg and David Cameron into potentially difficult positions. With the mid-term review being published next week, Burstow’s announcement seems poised to highlight this division in the coalition.

At the moment, the government is broadly in favour of and looks likely to put in place the Dinot

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Stand and deliver: Osborne’s improved performance

Stand and deliver: Osborne’s improved performance

by Charlie Critchell / 05 Dec 2012 16:46

In the wake of Osborne’s address to the Commons, the general consensus in the House appeared to be one of mild relief - Ed Balls and Labour notwithstanding.

Welcome news in the form of a projected deficit reduction, provided by the OBR, set the ball rolling for what appears to show – at first glance at least – that the chancellor’s medicine is working.

Starting with the obligatory painting of the fractious

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'Labour for Democracy': treason or reason?

'Labour for Democracy': treason or reason?

by Josh White / 05 Dec 2012 11:03

Janan Ganesh tells us in his biography of the chancellor that the first time George Osborne and Steve Hilton ever discussed the possibility of a hung Parliament was on 20th April, just a couple of weeks before the general election.

The current opposition, however, does not intend to be so lax in considering the potentially ‘coalitious’ electoral permutations of 2015. This was signalled last night at the hard launch of the new Read more…

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Omneologismshambles: today’s political dictionary

Omneologismshambles: today’s political dictionary

by Anoosh Chakelian / 12 Sep 2012 09:52

Proalition

A handy little portmanteau for Lib Dems and Tories alike to suggest that, in spite of various recent crises of loyalty, they still support the coalition. The Guardian handily points out that this is a neologism, rather than a typo. It also offers the cynic’s alternative: ‘noalition’. You can even call it the snowalition at Christmas. If it’s still around.

Gazelles

Vince Cable’s favourite new description for innovative,

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Chancellor slams shut Clegg's emergency tax plan

Chancellor slams shut Clegg's emergency tax plan

by Aisha Gani / 29 Aug 2012 13:01

Nick Clegg’s demands today for an emergency tax on Britain’s wealthiest – in order to rescue Britain from its economic troubles – was effectively slammed shut by the Chancellor this morning.  The deputy prime minister made this bold plan just as recess ends, and as George Osborne came back from his summer holiday.  This political positioning is an indication of the less collegial tone of Coalition colleagues that we can expect from the next

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A coalition sonnet

A coalition sonnet

by Sadie Smith / 10 Aug 2012 12:55

SONNET NO. 1
In the rose garden of elect’ral delight,

The lovers did pledge their own parties’ troth.

They declared the end of eternal night,

And banishèd Gordon Brown’s fearsome wrath.

To the assembled press, they said, “Forever,

“We shall govern with heart and soul as one.

“The greatest love torn asunder? Never!”

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The reality of a Lib-Lab pact

The reality of a Lib-Lab pact

by Emma Burnell / 25 Jul 2012 09:54

Let’s be clear: I’m not a great fan of the Liberal Democrats.

I don’t think power has brought out the best in them, and I don’t think they have comported themselves well in government.

I regularly meet their former voters who feel incredibly let down and cheated out of what they thought they were voting for. So no, I’m no great fan of the Liberal Democrats.

But you know who I

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EU referendum: Cameron needs to give answers

EU referendum: Cameron needs to give answers

by Anoosh Chakelian / 02 Jul 2012 17:10

Of all the clumsy linguistic flourishes that reverberate around the House of Commons on a daily basis, Labour MP and former Minister for Europe Denis MacShane’s deployment of “semi-pledging” today was by far the most resonant in light of David Cameron’s sudden inclination towards a referendum on the UK’s EU membership.

Because “semi” is the only way to describe it.

This latest turnaround does not even have the dignity of being called

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Clegg’s core compromised by coalition

Clegg’s core compromised by coalition

by Tom Rollins / 22 May 2012 17:21

“For liberals, this is core stuff.” So spoke Nick Clegg today at the Sutton Trust, in a much-discussed speech on the need to promote social mobility.

His address should be praised for bringing class – always a loaded word in this country – back into mainstream discussion, at a time John Prescott’s claim that “we’re all middle class now” looks increasingly hollow to a lot of voters. However the jury is still out

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Cameron's early coalition plotting

by Amber Elliott / 21 May 2012 09:31

We've been under the impression that David Cameron first began to explore the idea of a coalition with the Lib Dems in those first few tentative days after 6 May 2010.

But a new book, Cameron: Practically a Conservative, suggests that Oliver Letwin, William Hague, Ed Llewellyn and George Osborne first met to discuss the idea as early as 18 April.

According to authors Francis Elliott and James Hanning, Cameron agreed to

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