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The season of insufficient coalitions

Westminster is filled with plotters but nobody has the numbers

By Sunder Katwala  

Does anyone have the numbers to bring her down? Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

The first rule of politics is being able to count, said Lyndon B Johnson. Applying LBJ’s rule to Westminster reveals this to be the season of insufficient coalitions. What explains the curious cocktail of political volatility and stalemate is that many plots are afoot, but nobody’s numbers quite add up.

This is true when you look at internal Conservative scheming, but also when you look at the way forward on Brexit.

Consider the first. Conservative backbenchers…

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