The Coalition Effect

indexI have a number of articles and chapters now in the process of being published.  I have already drawn attention to my chapter on the oratory of Enoch Powell.  Another chapter is on the Conservative Party during the period of coalition.  It is being published in The Coalition Effect 2010-2015, edited by Anthony Seldon and Mike Finn, and published today by Cambridge University Press.

My opening short paragraph: ‘The effect on the Conservative Party of being in a coalition government from May 2010 onwards was profound.  It challenged the essence of the party’s approach to government.  It did so in two respects.’

Hope that’s whetted your appetite.  The book is a substantial one and is available in paperback.

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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5 Responses to The Coalition Effect

  1. maude elwes says:

    From my point of view this government coalition is the equivalent of a very bad marriage. An arranged one shoved together by a conglomerate of narrow dummies believing they were going to make themselves rich. It being the prime mover of our parliament gigabites.

    How could two leaders of so called ‘separate idealogies’ pretend they are light years apart and climb into bed together, assuming the electorate would love them? When truthfully they could only betray what they professed to stand for.

    Now we read they are setting themselves up for life beyond leadership. All resting on the office they took with our largesse. Indeed, both are the heirs to Blair in more ways than one. United they backed the battles very few had a heart for. Crippled our sick and disabled to pay for it, as well as turned our houses of learning into more funding for ‘special relationship’ foes of fancy. In fact, they both used the vulnerable of every shade to promote life after leadership for themselves.

    So, I suppose, when it boils down to true aims they really are a match made in heaven.

  2. Tory Boy says:

    LN,
    In reply to a question on 23rd March by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, the Minister Lord Wallace stated that 11 members of the House of Lords had expressed an interest to retire do you know who the 11 members are? Please lick on the attached link to hansard. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201415/ldhansrd/text/150323-0001.htm#st_37

    • JH says:

      I don’t know whether that would include Lord Waddington and Lord Lloyd of Berwick whose resignation and valedictory speech respectively were yesterday. Before then, the majority of peers who had resigned under the 2014 Act were hereditaries.

      • Lord Norton says:

        The list, published in the daily ‘Business’, does indeed include Lords Waddington and Lloyd of Berwick. Others on the list include Lord Joffe, Lord Phillips of Sudbury and Lord Eden of Winton. They have given dates for retirement running up to early June. The eleven are in addition to those who have already retired, such as Lords Grenfell and Cobbold.

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