Posts Tagged “coalition agreement”

When did the Tories stop supporting Lords reform?

by Stephen Tall on May 9, 2012

From all the debate and angst within the Tory party over the issue of House of Lords reform you’d imagine the plan to inject an element of democracy into the UK parliament had been foisted on David Cameron by sneakily obsessive Liberal Democrats. Yet the reality is somewhat different. The Coalition Government’s pledge to overhaul […]

Is this the day the Coalition admitted reality and buried its claim to be a radical government?

by Stephen Tall on May 8, 2012

One of the iconic images of the early days of the Coalition — in the midst of the summer haze of the leggeron rose garden bromance — was The Economist’s front cover depicting the Prime Minister as a punk, representing the Coalition’s self-appointed claim to be one of the most radical governments in history. Economically […]

The past month shows this Government urgently needs a Coalition 2.0 Agreement

by Stephen Tall on April 22, 2012

We’re fast approaching the two-year mark of this first post-war Coalition Government, and I think it’s fair to say the strains are starting to show. It is inevitable there will be tensions when two parties — with different traditions, values, expectations — come together to try and govern a country at a time of economic […]

Dear Conservative MPs, Re House of Lords reform here’s what your manifesto & the Coalition Agreement say

by Stephen Tall on April 20, 2012

It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for Conservative MPs — it appears some of them have only just read their own party’s manifesto and the Coalition Agreement they signed up to. That can be the only explanation for the sudden fit of vapours which have apparently afflicted three of their number over the […]

Q: What links the AV referendum, boundary changes & Lords reform? A: The Coalition Agreement

by Stephen Tall on March 15, 2012

It appears the Tories are attempting a sneaky re-write of some very recent, and well-documented, history. What prompts me to say this? Let’s look at the FT’s Kiran Stacey’s report of Nick Clegg’s feisty performance at yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions: [Peter Lilley] asked why he was so focused on House of Lords reform when there […]