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The dream ticket: a Lib-Lab coalition

It’s a good moment for a Lib-Lab coalition. It could be popular, effective and… European

Not long ago it was just a fantasy, a parlour game for policy types. But in the weeks before the election, it started to look like it could actually happen: that an undecided electorate, a distorted voting system, and Nick Clegg’s moderately impressive performance in the television debates could conjure an unexpectedly delightful result—a full-blooded Lib-Lab coalition.

The idea had kept my spirits up even in the dreary phase before the first television contest: a Lib-Lab coda to 13 years of new Labour, a chance to clean up unfinished business from that period and give our politics a less tribal,…

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