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A coalition government is not the answer

Cross-party government worked in wartime—but this is not a war. Those clamouring for coalition should remember that

By David Owen  

The war cabinet, 1941. Photo: John Short/Zuma Press/PA Images

I am opposed to a coalition government.

Labour under Attlee opposed a coalition when the war started in 1939, believing the time was not right under Chamberlain, and no one knew how long what became known as the “phoney war “ would last. In May 1940 we did literally face our darkest hour. This was the time for a coalition. A cross-party movement of MPs had been building up to remove Chamberlain and many of them, but by no means all,…

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