An Alternative to Cuts

The establishment of a coalition between Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in Westminster requires a fundamental re-analysis of the political landscape in the United Kingdom. A good starting point would be to set aside all those delusional and self-serving suggestions that the Cameron/Clegg axis is bound to be only a temporary aberration, destined to fall apart under the weight of its own internal contradictions. Of course there are enormous tensions within the coalition and, in particular, inside its two component parties. But, in coalition politics, power is centrifugal: it drives those who exercise it together, rather than apart – if only because of the dire consequences which lie in wait through acting otherwise. The evidence from Wales, Scotland and local authorities up and down the land is that, once formed, coalitions last the course.

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