Can UK Coalition Coalesce?

The Conservative coalition with Nick Clegg’s Liberal-Democrats was hailed last week as a strong alliance that might be able to make tough decisions regarding the British economy as well as a myriad of other issues ranging from tuition costs to dealing with Iran to VAT and to the ever increasing economic inequality in the United Kingdom. Charles Kennedy who led the Liberal Democrats for several years expressed disappointment with the alliance with Conservatives rather than seeking a more progressive alliance with Labor. Even Nick Clegg admitted that his decision to cast his party’s lot with Conservatives “caused both surprise and with it some offence.”

Ironically, it was under leadership of Labor that England witnessed an inequality that was among the widest in the world –excluding the USA, of course. In one sense, Labor can stand off to the side and watch Conservatives and Liberal Democrats make tough economic decisions that will anger the electorate.