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Daily View 2×2: 1 January 2010

Happy New (General Election) Year!

On this day in 1973, the UK joined the European Community, along with Denmark and the Republic of Ireland. On January 1, 2002, Euro coins and banknotes became legal tender in twelve of the European Union’s member states.

It’s a quarter of a century since Britain’s first mobile phone call was made. In a seemingly random intersection of the Fates, comedian Ernie Wise was calling from St Katherine’s Dock to a room above a Newbury curry house – the then office of a little company called Vodafone.

2 Interesting Stories

Is a Labour-Tory coalition unthinkable? Only until you think about it
Martin Kettle muses in the Guardian on a hung Parliament:

It seems innocent to assume that either Labour or the Tories would automatically turn first to the Liberal Democrats in those circumstances – or that the Lib Dems would necessarily deliver. The big parties could calculate that they would be better off in a marriage of convenience with a historic enemy they respected, from which they could withdraw with dignity when the moment was right, rather than to embark on a more permanent entanglement with a Lib Dem party which at bottom they each despise.

The more one looks at the evolutionary dynamics of British politics, the more serious the grand coalition option may one day become. Is a Labour-Conservative deal really unthinkable? Only until you start thinking about it.

At least the next government won’t be decided on the toss of a coin… or will it?

Coin tossing through the ages

The Telegraph has an interesting history, including this:

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    Peter Martin, the resolution foundation has published a short piece with ten recommendations for how economic policy can be approached in this crisis Safeguarding governments’...
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    I feel that we should have elected our leader in line with the planned schedule. The process of electing or leader will help us clarify...
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    @James Belchamber "We should stand ready to work with Labour if they wake up out of their haze, but progress at this point is down...
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    That is really helpful Sue; thanks.
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    Presumably someone's having a joke. To lead a political party or local WI the ability to build alliances and have something to offer is essential....
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    @ Katharine, Yes the Resolution Foundation. I had a mental crosswire there!