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Coalition chic

Any political elite finds itself defined not only by policies but also by cultural objects and styles. Cameron and Clegg are top table dressed as middle management

By Sam Leith   June 2010

On the morning of 12th May, David Cameron welcomed Nick Clegg, his coalition partner and new deputy prime minister, into Downing Street for the first time. Regardless of the colour of one’s political premonitions—nobody, let’s face it, had the first idea what to expect—it was a scene to bring a smile to the face of even Gordon Brown. They looked so similar. And the Gilbert-and-George comedy of their doorstep body language—Clegg planted a paternal guiding hand on Cameron’s back; Cameron, not to be patronised, reversed the hold as they passed through the door—deepened the pleasure in the scene.

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