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Political notes: the coalition’s weak enemies

Some of the coalition’s most vocal detractors come from within. But Cameron and Clegg’s foes aren’t strong enough to trouble them yet

By Anne McElvoy   September 2010

Political parties are the most ungrateful entities in the known world—with the salient exception of children. Thus the coalition passed its 100 days with high public ratings and a chorus of disapproval from within the two parties. The more the public settles into a life with the ying-yang government, the more insistent the sniping at Westminster.

Some Lib Dem activists are planning to use their conference to urge members not to send their children to one of Michael Gove’s promised new free schools. So we will have a boycott preceding the arrival of the thing being boycotted.

Meanwhile unquiet Tory…

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