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Will power-sharing work?

The survival of the Lib-Con project rests as much on the practicalities of power-sharing as on policy deals. Either way, parliamentary reform will be its legacy

By Robert Hazell   June 2010

On his first day in office, standing alongside Nick Clegg in the garden at No 10, David Cameron proclaimed: “We are announcing a new politics… where the national interest is more important than party interest… It can be a historic and seismic shift in our political landscape.” In the press coverage that followed, many columnists focused on the ideological fit between the two men. Others admired their astute tactics, in particular how Cameron had marginalised his old guard and modernised his party overnight. Both leaders appeared to believe that they could last a full term, and change the way that…

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