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Coalition Britain

Cameron and Clegg inherited a country with rising debt and fading global influence. So far, the government has confronted that reality well

By Stryker McGuire   May 2011

Global prestige waning: a crowd watches the Royal Navy’s flagship HMS Ark Royal dock in Portsmouth for the last time

After becoming Conservative leader in 2005, David Cameron must have surely allowed himself to imagine what it would be like, someday, to walk through the famous black door at 10 Downing Street as prime minister. He had already let it be known he was the “heir to Blair,” despite the inconvenient presence of Gordon Brown. He would be forgiven for musing dreamily about being welcomed to power by a buoyant national mood, one reminiscent of the relief and optimism that…

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