Boris Johnson says coalition 'doomed to succeed' and last to 2015


Boris Johnson: ''This is a marriage that is doomed to succeed''

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Boris Johnson has said the coalition government will last to 2015, telling the BBC it was "doomed to succeed".

The Mayor of London said there was "no reason" for the Conservative and Liberal Democrats to go their separate ways before then.

Some Conservative MPs have been speculating that the arrangement will break up well before the scheduled date of the next election in May 2015.

This follows tensions over reforms to the House of Lords and other issues.

Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg have made a joint announcement on rail investment on Monday in a show of unity following a week of wrangling over the House of the Lords.

'Moment of separation'

The largest rebellion in the coalition' s history over plans for a mainly elected Lords - in which more than 90 Conservative MPs voted against their leadership - has prompted fresh speculation about the government's longevity.

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It is always possible that that moment of separation could come sooner”

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Mr Cameron has acknowledged "profound areas of disagreement" between the two parties, but told the Sunday Times they must work together in the national interest over the next few years.

Asked about the coalition' s future, Mr Johnson told BBC Breakfast that "logically it must be true that at some stage by 2015 there will have to be a decision to part company and to campaign on a different prospectus".

He added: "But I don't see any need particularly for it to happen urgently.

"It is a marriage which is doomed to succeed. It will continue absolutely until the last moment when it is necessary to part in order for two parties to go into two campaigns on separate manifestos."

On Sunday a senior Conservative backbencher said it was "very likely" the coalition would end before the start of the next general election campaign.

"I think it would be logical and sensible for both parties to be able to present their separate vision to the public in time for the public to form a clear view before the election," Graham Brady, chair of the influential 1922 backbench committee, told BBC Radio 4's The Westminster Hour.

"Of course, it is always possible that that moment of separation could come sooner. It's very difficult to predict when that might be."

'Calming down'

Senior Tories, including the former defence secretary Liam Fox, have accused the Lib Dems of sidetracking the government over Lords reform and have urged Mr Cameron to assert his authority on key issues like the economy, Europe and welfare.

But former Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell has said the coalition was a "marriage of inconvenience".

He has suggested many Lib Dem MPs would find it "hard to swallow" proposed changes to Commons constituency boundaries in 2015 - thought to favour Conservative chances of getting a future majority - if changes to the House of Lords do not proceed.

The BBC News Channel's chief political correspondent Norman Smith said both Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg were fully committed to the coalition and neither wanted an early election.

The leaders' immediate task, he added, was to "calm their parties" down after recent events and demonstrate their focus on the economy and getting the UK out of recession as quickly as possible.


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    Comment number 252.

    Sadly the UK is also doomed by having to endure the mis-management of the country by Cameron & Co. Cameron knows that due to his ineptitude,poor decision making and general uselessness, he will never receive a majority vote to govern and so he will stay as PM for as long as he can courtesy of this coalition. It's high time this bullying buffoon was ousted.

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    Comment number 251.

    239. elliehallmark
    Dove @218
    You should have your comment removed! You obviously have issues that commenting on this site can't help you with
    Thought he was spot on. We are our own worst enemy's..

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    Comment number 250.

    What this country needed in 2010, and still needs now, is political stability. The ConLib coalition provides that and is doing what is necessary to get the country back on track. That process is not pleasant but anyone who thinks that it would be painless under a Labour government is naive.

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    Comment number 249.

    Boris is looking beyond 2015 to Conservatives in opposition to a Lab/Lib scheme. This would then position him for leadership of the Tories. Nice world politics.

    Too bad so many involved forget their job is to serve the people not themselves.

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    Comment number 248.

    Following Keynes, Labour demand increased borrowing during periods of recession

    Yet they never apologise for running deficits during periods of boom

    With hindsight, Labour should have run a surplus from 2001-2008. It would be more forgivable if they just owned up to their mistake, but this is beyond them.

    The record of both parties since 1975 is not good, but that's what the voters wanted

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    Comment number 247.

    The saddest thing about all this is that......

    .......... the voters in Britain are unable to get their heads around the concept of a coalition while most countries in Europe have.

    We have been conned for generations to vote for Blue or Red dictatorships.

    Not done us much good has it?

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    Comment number 246.

    A nice deep blue with a yellow tingle.... no red in sight, perfect

    #193. Nickportaloo
    #180 E.

    What colour is the sky in your world?

  • rate this

    Comment number 245.

    A Coalition of the Desperate.

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    Comment number 244.

    Libs haven't planned for the next election, when they will receive their bloodiest nose in their history. The electorate will know a Lib Dem vote is a Tory vote. They need to break away now and stand by their manifesto or savour their very short taste of being in power.

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    Comment number 243.

    "The coalition was right and long may it continue. I don't really care as long as Labour do not get the opportunity to foul it up again after the good work that has been done, and the suffering we have endured whilst the books are being balanced."

    What good work has the Coalition done for the people of this country on say immigration, defence, NHS, regulating banks, tuition fees, job creation ?

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    Comment number 242.

    This coalition must be so frustrating for the Tory Right Wing,

    They thought they were going to get a free hand to attack the working people like never before. Sieze our houses and money, break up everything that has been achieved for a civilised society. Trouser, steal and spend our hard earned money on banal luxuries for themselves

    It must be most frustrating to be a greedy Tory right now.

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    Comment number 241.

    Dad's army it's doomed, doomed, doomed?
    Today the twin faced leadership are saying that their is heaps of money for rail expansion/electrification - at the same time pushing austerity, austerity, austerity and heaping huge uncertainty and misery on the electorate??

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    Comment number 240.

    Of course the Lib Dem's will bail out citing unacceptable Tory policies, hoping to salvage some credibility before the next general election. This government legacy will be seem as attacking the poor and rewarding the rich.

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    Comment number 239.

    Dove @218
    You should have your comment removed! You obviously have issues that commenting on this site can't help you with

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    Comment number 238.

    If nothing else all this has done is PROVEN coalition government is WRONG for the UK. With Lib Dems threatening to throw their dummy out of the pram if they don't get their way means the government has to pander to conflicting sides when focus is required in a time of emergency.

    The electorate will not soon forgive or forget how Lib Dems have betrayed everything they stood for to get into No.10!!

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    Comment number 237.

    What does a baboon know about politics anyway...

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    Comment number 236.

    Belgium did OK without a government for over a year so I am not convinced a politician free zone at the heart of the British Civil Service would have been a bad thing.

    Without the LibDems the Tories would have gone further to the right so we must be thankful for that balance I suppose?

    Oh for a "new" political party we could trust and did their public service as a vocation not a vacation.

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    Comment number 235.

    The only way to bring this coalition to an end is for one of the two parties to walk away however this would only bring forward a minority Conservative government .

    To force an early parliamentary general election there has to be a no confidence motion supported by at least two thirds of the MPs in the house of commons.

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    Comment number 234.

    It is the LibDems who will suffer. They have alienated their own supporters, who wanted to have principals and the moral highground, not power.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.


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