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I’ve learned to love the coalition

I admit that this coalition wasn’t exactly my preferred option but I've come round, says the former Lib Dem leader

By Charles Kennedy   May 2011

Plenty of commentators are busy trying to paint the Liberal Democrats into a crisis. We would be well advised to ignore them. Personally, I’m not of the meltdown mentality. Politics is a marathon, never a sprint. But there are other reasons for optimism, too.

I admit that this coalition wasn’t exactly my preferred option. I’ve always considered myself in the reforming, centre-left tradition, so a centre-right arrangement puts my compass in a spin. I also worried that Liberal-Conservative tie-ups, historically, have not tended to end up happily for Liberals. But those of us who genuinely wanted to explore other routes—from…

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