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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