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A fundamental difference over multiculturalism could be the issue that breaks the coalition

By Philip Collins   April 2011

Nick Clegg meets pupils at Mauldeth Road School, Manchester. Multiculturalism, according to him, involves “respect and communication”

At Prime Minister’s Questions recently, for the first time in an age, something interesting happened. While the prime minister was busy explaining why the sky would fall in if the country consented to change the electoral system, behind him the deputy prime minister was pulling a face and vigorously shaking his head. The coalition has entered a new phase, in which open disagreement is permissible.

Clarity is one of the unfortunate casualties of coalition. Privately, the Lib Dems in government cannot abide the…

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