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Coalitions can—and do—work. Just ask the Tories

By Ryan Shorthouse  

Are you sitting comfortably?

“Coalitions never work. Disagreement. Stalemate. Disaster.”

Smugly, Labour sympathisers think it will be over before we know it. Best to go it alone, some Tories said, and dare the Liberals to vote down deficit-cutting measures that could provoke economic and political turbulence.

But the Tory party itself is a coalition—libertarians, moralists and one nation Conservatives among them. And it has remained pretty united under Cameron, achieving the greatest swing for the Tories since 1931 in…

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