from The Great Debate:

Britain’s Liberals flex their muscles, a little

By Nicholas Wapshott
June 13, 2012

Every marriage goes through its bumpy patches. Just ask British Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and his Liberal Democratic coalition partner, Nick Clegg. They have just gone through the most serious spat since they cobbled together their civil union two years ago, when British voters removed Gordon Brown’s Labour government but didn’t give the Tories a clear mandate. The coalition is a marriage of convenience, a dynastic coupling where neither side is under any illusion that love or affection is involved.

The reform that breaks the camel’s back?

March 10, 2011

Trade union leaders have been warning for some time now that it would be pensions reform — not pay freezes or job cuts — that could prove the trigger for widespread public sector strikes this year.

from Matt Falloon:

It’s snow joke

January 25, 2011

Snow or no snow, these GDP figures are a nightmare for the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government and throw up the risk of a self-fulfilling spiral of gloom.

Oldham could be shape of things to come

January 14, 2011

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As voters drifted towards polling stations on a damp winter’s night in Oldham East and Saddleworth, it was hard to find anyone bursting with good things to say about Britain’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government.

Lib Dem party structure “tailor-made for trouble”

September 20, 2010

Liberal Democrats are proud of the democratic character of their party. The members have sovereign rights over party policy, proposing, amending and debating motions at their two conferences a year.

This may hurt a little

June 8, 2010

Britons are being prepared for the hardest of hard times. Prime Minister David Cameron has warned the public that they will feel the impact of deficit-cutting decisions for years and maybe even decades. Cameron justifies the pain by saying that doing nothing about debt would be disastrous and that Britain will come out of the other side as a stronger country.

Reality intrudes on new British political order

May 25, 2010

cameron_cleggBritain’s new political order was on display in the House of Commons on Tuesday when Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg squeezed  happily between Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague  on the government front bench.

from The Great Debate UK:

Cameron tasked with changing Brits’ expectations

May 12, 2010

-- Mark Kobayashi-Hillary is the author of several books, including ‘Who Moved my Job?’ and ‘Global Services: Moving to a Level Playing Field’. The opinions expressed are his own --

How long can the negotiations go on?

May 11, 2010

It should have been all over now. But no, we’re on day five and no one really seems to know which way things are going to go.

The big rescue package has bought the politicians some time

May 10, 2010

They promised us market meltdown if there was a hung parliament. That was the Conservative pitch before the election.