Wednesday 4 August 2010 1.04pm
Rambling Phil wrote:
Isn't the whole coalition government bound by collective responsibility? Which makes government policy that of the Torys and LibDems. If the LibDems don't like it, they can walk. The fact that they don't makes it their policy too.
That's a harsh view, isn't it, Phil? Unless you're saying that the coalition govt. should enact policies which are part-way between each of their views (which would just make everyone unhappy, and could lead to ridiculous policies).
I'd seen coalition politics more as horse-trading. Both parties stand for different things, so they agree that Party A can put one bill through on the condition that Party B can put another bill through.
I suppose that the reality is somewhere between those two views. Party A gets to put a bill through, but Party B might get to tweak it a little.
I don't think that you can really say that the LDs should leave the govt. at the first sign of a policy being enacted that they don't wholeheartedly approve of. Wouldn't that lead to an election every few months (or a govt. which doesn't pass any bills)?
[hope you didn't think I was being "off" about the thread starting in SE1. Didn't mean it to come across that way. Sorry if it did.]
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