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Can left-right coalitions really set their differences aside?

By Duncan Brown  

How colour-blind can politicians be?

As hung parliament talks approach “crunch time”, ideological differences between the parties are finally being brought into play. It’s an area of discussion that four and a half hours of televised debate hardly touched.

In the May issue of Prospect, Phillip Blond and Maurice Glasman hinted at some of the possibilities for common ground in a coalition government, even if the slogans end up as oxymoronic as “progressive conservatism”.  Debating the sometimes overlapping, sometimes jarring agendas of…

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