IS THE coalition government as solid and as united as before? You bet it isn’t.
Both sides have locked horns on national TV as to whether the Lords reform was part of the coalition agreement. Both sides put good arguments together to suggest who was right.
The Tories were politically whipped to vote for the reform, but Cameron faced the biggest revolt in the history of his leadership and the powerful 1922 Committee, plus a lot more, gave their clearest signal yet on the coalition’s disputed agreement.
He is going to try and whip them into shape to have another go.
In the background to this, we have hospitals that have plunged into financial crisis and hospital staff being told accept a pay cut or resign and re-enter under the terms inflicted by the health secretary.
The health service is not a profit-motivated organisation, it was designed to offer treatment to all at the point of need. If there is any belt-tightening to do, start at the top not with people who are supporting a poor income with benefits.
Believe me, there are a lot of staff in the health service who have to do just that.
The contempt of this coalition shows no sign of letting up.
The 1922 Committee is predicting that the relationship between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats will not last until the next election, but Cameron is insisting that the coalition is stronger than ever.
Perhaps he should be reminded of the background of the 1922 Committee — it was instrumental in bringing down the last Con-Dem coalition — “United we stand....were all in this together”.
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