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Coalition for Life?

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The Tory-Lib Dem coalition has settled down after its first five weeks in power. Tory grandees who could have been expected to have been Ministers are still seething but have so far kept their powder dry. As ever "Events" will move in their favour at some time in the next 2 years. 

Into this mix come two unknowns. 

The first is election reform which may lead to some kind of proportional representation though the electorate will have a chance to vote first on which - if any - they fancy. It is unlikely the Tories will campaign for anything but "First Past the Post" which would leave the Lib Dem's in limbo. They will have to form some kind of relationship with the Labour Party if reform is to happen. What chance? Fat chance.

The second is the Labour leadership contest which sadly lacks candidates of the mettle of a Robin Cook or a John Denham (it strikes me he was badly bruised by the Brown administration) and alas my favourite - Jon Cruddas. Instead, as Diane Abbott noted, the gene pool is pretty slight two Milibands, bruiser Balls, politically-lite Burnham and of course, Abbott herself are the candidates. 


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