His focus on leftish politics and local campaigning built the party into a potent force, but left it badly exposed to the dangers of coalition with the Conservatives.
Posts Tagged: The Coalition
Alex Morton: Are you angry with the Lords? If so, don’t threaten to abolish or elect it. Here’s a better reform.
It should be able to amend proposed legislation only once – or propose laws itself once, with the Commons only needing to vote against these to block them.
Today’s announcements are extremely cautious. Some of this is justified, some less so, but it makes a stark contrast to the Gove era.
That the company is a government customer isn’t the whole story. After all, few customers must manage the consequences of their supplier’s collapse.
Ministers need to be less political and more pragmatic about which technologies can sustain our economy in the decades ahead.
During the 1980s, the electoral function of the SDP/Alliance was to help the Conservatives win. This does not necessarily hold true 30 or so years on.
The two parties have proven that they can work effectively together in normal circumstances. These are not normal circumstances.
Yet even if their concerns don’t ultimately lead to them backing someone else, these shouldn’t simply be dismissed as having no consequences.
Nicky Morgan: A bedrock Conservative belief – that we mustn’t wait for the state to act before doing so ourselves
How I saw civil society at work recently in Israel, across the religious and ethnic divide, and am helping to build it up in Loughborough.
At best, sending him to Guantanamo failed – and at worst it backfired spectacularly.
To make STPs work, Ministers need to have the courage of their convictions. That starts with the NHS and social care budget, of which STPs should take full control.
Iain Dale: “Um…I…er…it depends on the context.” The stinking hypocrisy of the new LibDem MP over Turkey.
Plus: Trump’s tactics, Labour’s splits, and LibDem divisions.
Ministers are likely to find a stake valuable – and may find it useful for targeted infrastructure spending.
Carolyn Fairbairn: If the Government gets its Industrial Strategy right, we can help make the economy stronger and fairer
We need sectoral centres of excellence that strengthen our economy, create higher wage jobs and help us trade across the globe.
Even if she wanted to, she couldn’t reduce her department’s budget without a change in the law.