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100 days of coalition government: Detractors' views

Britain's first coalition government in more than half a century is marking its first 100 days in office.

BBC News website readers have been sharing their views on how the new government is shaping up.

Here, four people explain why they have reservations about the coalition:

Phillip Hewitt, Castleford

I'm a Labour voter and this coalition government is just what I expected - clueless, incompetent and dangerous. I think the Liberal Democrats have been very useful to Conservatives but have now lost any political credibility.

I work in the NHS on the front-line, with disabled children. The Labour Party made a massive difference to me with their Agenda for Change initiative, and they made fantastic improvements in the NHS at large, including cutting waiting-time for operations and cancer-care.

Now, I can see for myself the deterioration in staff morale and how the current government is eagerly setting about privatising the services within our NHS.

The government seems to be taking a bottom-up approach. The first thing they should be doing is closing tax loopholes, not cutting vital services.

The government plans to cut police, PCSOs and support staff, and remove the speed cameras and CCTVs which have made our roads and streets safer. The only thing that Mr Cameron has to offer to balance this is the hope that he can persuade people to become unpaid special constables as part of his Big Society. What planet is he living on?

The mess made by Michael Gove of the schooling programme has the potential to cost the government millions in compensation. It seems to me that very few of these ideas have anything to do with increased efficiency and are instead driven by ideology.

I cannot honestly think of one thing the coalition has done well since coming into office. The scary thought is that they are in for the next five years and we have no option but to go along for the ride.

Margaret Hart, Cleveland

I voted for the Liberal Democrats. I would normally have voted Conservative, but the Tories never had a chance in Redcar.

At the time I thought the coalition might be a good thing. But the whole negotiation period after the election seemed a bit clownish. The Conservatives also promised an awful lot to the Lib Dems, which I'm sure they won't give them.

I wanted a Conservative government and felt we have got the next best thing but I am fast losing faith and hope.

I feel like this coalition is governing by fear. They keep saying they're reviewing things, which makes everyone feel uncertain. People are worried for various reasons - jobs, benefit losses, lack of interest on savings. In short, we just simply don't know what is going to happen.

I think this government needs to be much clearer. If they're going to do something they should get on and do it.

I do agree with some things this government says, like their policies on council housing, and I realise that there isn't that much money to spend.

However, I do think that they've got it wrong with the police. We can't afford to lose more police officers on the beat. I also think that it's fine to cut hospital trusts, but why not channel that money back into the health service and buy the expensive equipment that we need, like scanners?

Liz Perry, Bristol

I'm from America and live here in the UK with my British husband and our child. Had I been able to vote, I would have gone with the Lib Dems, but I certainly wouldn't vote for them now.

As an "immigrant" I take offence that the coalition plays up to prejudice by not explaining to those who do not understand, that we aren't able to come here and "live off the UK taxpayer." I'm a UK taxpayer yet I would have no claim to public funds if I was out of work.

As a teacher, I'm also baffled by Mr Gove's ridiculous school policies. The free schools plan, scrapping the school building programme and playgrounds. Education should be about teaching.

As a healthy person, I also fear falling ill and having to pay a private company after the Tories are done with the NHS.

Education and healthcare are so important - if you're not educated and not healthy, you really have nothing, yet these are the two areas that the government is messing with.

I think the Lib Dems did the right thing joining the party with the most votes, but since the coalition formed I feel they've given up so many things they were meant to support. I feel betrayed by the party for allowing such a right-wing government to go ahead.

How do I feel about the future under the new government? Let's just hope the coalition fails soon enough so that they don't ruin the country - a country that I was very proud to have the privilege to live in before they came to power.

Mike Roden, Selby

I voted Conservative in order to get Conservative values but I feel we've ended up with a Liberal Democrat government.

Although I'd always had in mind that I would vote Conservative, I was amazed when it became apparent before the election that they probably wouldn't gain a majority.

The Labour government was so unpopular, but even with Gordon Brown's Gillian Duffy gaffe, we could all sense that the Conservatives weren't going to win.

At that stage, I slightly lost faith in David Cameron - he just didn't seem like a strong leader.

We have worked hard all our lives and saved because we always thought that was the right thing to do, but the coalition government isn't supporting this. It seems that Liberal Democrat policies have taken over traditional Conservative values.

My wife and I have invested heavily in properties as a way of giving us security in later life, but the government has raised capital gains tax.

We've sold our business but we don't know what to do with our money. We won't get the security we need from the stockmarket, or from savings at current interest rates, so what can we do now?

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