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It seems to me that the coalition has two parts. First, the leadership's agreements and handshakes and back-slapping and press conferences with smiling faces and carefully worded press releases. Second the actual floor votes on any particular bill.

The first is the public face of the coalition, but the second is what actually counts. It doesn't matter what Cameron or Clegg or anybody else says unless they can actually deliver the votes.

So I would say that the coalition has already collapsed, but as in the case of the Titanic, it may take the people in charge some time to realize it.

by asdf on Mon Jul 16th, 2012 at 10:07:23 AM EST

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