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The coalition: cracks are already showing

The Lib-Con pact is riven with deep ideological faultlines

By Andrew Adonis   June 2010

The coalition agreement between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats is not so much a programme for government as a catalogue of concessions achieved by the smaller party at the expense of the larger one. Many of them spelt out in precise detail. We learn the coalition is committed “to make the import or possession of illegal timber a criminal offence” and to promoting “wildlife corridors in order to halt the loss of habitats.” Almost every item of the Lib Dems’ proposed freedom bill is there, down to “adopting the protections of the Scottish model for the DNA database.” There…

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