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Get used to coalition politics

Most Tories look forward to the return of single-party rule. They should be more realistic about their chances

By Peter Riddell  
cameron and clegg

Dave and Nick in happier days

“We couldn’t have done it without the coalition,” George Osborne told the Conservative party conference in Birmingham yesterday. That statement of the blunt reality of British politics was received with muttering assent rather than enthusiasm, summing up the Tories’ ambivalence about their coalition with the Liberal Democrats.

At a ministerial level, relations between the two parties are pretty good. Of course,…

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