Coalition sometimes works against Britain says David Cameron

Coalition¬†sometimes works against Britain says David Cameron Arguments within government are good but compromises are not necessarily in UK’s long-term interests, says prime minister.
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Farewell, Fat Charlie: you are no longer a man for our times | Charles Nevin

Little Chef, which could vanish from Britain’s motorways, reminds us of a more tribal eraIs nostalgia tasteful? I ask because the lost bright lights of our lives that we tend to hanker for and mourn do seem, on the whole, to be a touch, well, naff (a word that is itself now lost and naff). […]
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In 2015 Nick Clegg may be in the right place at the right time again | Martin Kettle

He’s holding the coalition together. And given the increasingly four-party message from the polls, he may be called on againSpring came very late this year. Summer, if it comes at all, will likely be even later. But in terms of political seasons, next year seems to have arrived 12 months before it was expected. The […]
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David Cameron hints coalition will reach compromise over childcare

PM confident of finding way forward over plans to relax child-to-staff ratios, also denying bias against stay-at-home mumsDavid Cameron has indicated that a compromise will be found in the coalition over childcare after saying it would be wrong to become “frustrated” over differences with the Liberal Democrats.Speaking in New York before returning home after a […]
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BMA warns of coalition policies failing children on a grand scale

Doctors’ union report condemns austerity drive that hits most vulnerable and drives inequality, poverty, and ill healthA raft of coalition policies threatens to have profoundly deleterious effects on children’s lives, driving widening inequalities and sending more families into poverty, according to a scathing report by the British Medical Association.In the 250-page analysis, entitled Growing up […]
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Royal Mail sell-off plan slated by rightwing thinktank and Labour MP

Ian Murray condemns Nick Clegg backing for postal service privatisation while Bow Group warns of political damageLabour has attacked Nick Clegg for being “worse than Thatcher” for supporting the sell-off of Royal Mail.Ian Murray, shadow minister for postal affairs, said Clegg’s backing for privatisation of the postal service “confirmed what the public knew all along […]
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Ambulance half-hour wait times go up 58% under coalition

Department of Health report on 30-minute delays reveals worsening crisis in emergency careThe number of ambulances waiting outside accident and emergency departments for more than half an hour has gone up by 58% under the coalition, figures reveal, providing further evidence of a crisis in the NHS.Nearly 99,000 ambulances were delayed for 30 minutes last […]
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Queen’s speech: pageantry without purpose | Editorial

The very idea of a cohesive coalition programme about anything other than cuts looks that bit harder to sustainNot everything in Wednesday’s Queen’s speech was bad. On the first day of the experimental royal job share, Her Majesty gave notice that consumer rights would be dragged into the internet age. No one need object to […]
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This is the beginning of the end for the coalition | Martin Kettle

A minimalist Queen’s speech marks the failure of Cameron and Clegg’s project. From here on, they’ll go separate waysThis week is certainly the end of an era. A new manager for Manchester United after 26 years. The Queen beginning to make way on state occasions for her needy reactionary son. And now, with more direct consequence for most of us […]
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Thin Queen’s speech shows coalition is waiting for something to turn up

The government seems to be marking time as it waits for economic recoveryThe Queen is safely home at Buck House by now, her crown packed in bubble wrap again until next year, tucking into a well-deserved lunch fortified by a sherry, we can hope. Looking after the elderly is one recurring theme of this year’s […]
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