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 472.

    "Only 17 of an expected 56 G4S staff turned up for work at an Olympic team hotel in Salford, the chairman of the Greater Manchester Police Authority has said."


    Lovely. "You can't buck the market"

    Clearly not, and these people didn't think their time was worth the returns.

  • Comment number 471.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 470.


    Oh, right. So doubling the 10p tax band on the lowest earners overnight was for thier own good was it?


    and Brown at the time also was fully signed up to the ERM as well. Black Wednesday is as nothing compared to Brown's screwups.


    Why dont you ask the former Labour minister John Reid, who is a director of G4S? Im sure he'd tell you....

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    Comment number 469.


    The info is out there - anyone who wants (and who is reasonably smart) can find out what they need but to keep up with every event both local and national would be a full time job. Most people can't or don't want to devote this time to politics. It's hard enough getting them to vote once every 5 years...
    Apathy is the main reason your (interesting) idea wouldn't work.

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    Comment number 468.

    Don't forget we are debating a smokescreen in this topic. The real cause of the financial disaster has barely been debated since we scratched the surface of the corruption in the financial sector. Given enough resources I am sure the police can uncover the true scale of the crimes committed by the financial sector despite the government throwing money at the said criminals. Trials now!

  • Comment number 467.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 466.

    #458 MoneyObserver: "I think the Gordon Brown-Gillian Duffy incident demonstrated very clearly that Labour politicians have nothing but comptempt for the working class, and regard them as uneducated bigots, fit only as "voting fodder"." No, it showed Gordon Brown's contempt for racism, a contempt I share.

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    Comment number 465.


    New Labour ! and please the Tories and the Lib Dems showed their sheer and utter contempt for the whole country ( not just the working class but all classes) by promising stuff that they had not the slightest intention of keeping ( no NHS reforms , no tuition fees??? ) and you talk about voting fodder?

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    Comment number 464.

    Unfortunately I think Boris is right on this one. The operative word being 'doomed'.
    The coalition was the best of a bad job having just had 13 years of labour mismanagement.
    What of the future post 2015? I expect some bright spark will step up to the plate and we will all be conned again?

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    Comment number 463.

    The Tories need to realise their stint in office is dependent upon the support of the Lib Dems who have far more in common with Labour. There is no good reason for maintaining the present coalition & no need to hold elections.
    Time for the LDs to walk out on the present doomed marriage.

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    Comment number 462.


    Connor, the means are at everyones disposal. What you really mean is that most voters cant be ar$ed. If thats what youre trying to say, then they have no grounds for complaint. Most of them, typically like the left wing lot on here are just moaners.

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    Comment number 461.

    the big brain of london condems us to 3 more yrs of the be it. it as become some what humourous in its agonising pathetic state of chaos,we could run a book on how many Uturns they achieve before its about the odds on the libdems ending up as the third biggest party? will nick become a tory MP and be given a safe new seat?the ponderables are endless.

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    Comment number 460.

    We just don't have democracy at the moment. Nobody has time to watch all the exact ins and outs of the politicians, but at present we are seeing politicians who get elected on policies before an election, and then do something entirely different, not even close to what they were elected for when they gain power. We have no way of stopping this. Some way must be created or we don't have democracy.

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    Comment number 459.

    It's a bit like the Parlor game "Pass the Parcel".

    The Tory plan was to blame Labour and claim credit for the recovery.

    Only the music ain't stopped.

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    Comment number 458.

    re Herb 452
    I think the Gordon Brown-Gillian Duffy incident demonstrated very clearly that Labour politicians have nothing but comptempt for the working class, and regard them as uneducated bigots, fit only as "voting fodder".

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    Comment number 457.

    Connor, have you asked WHY people don't vote? Our political elite don't actively explain their politicies, the overlap between parties is huge and anyone watching BBC Parliament must be forgiven for thinking they're watching 7-year olds in a playground!

    MPs are not accountable at present, even with elections. Heard the phrase "safe seats"?

    That needs fixing, and that means accountability.

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    Comment number 456.

    # 451
    Mofro -
    Your point is valid and could made be made more forcibly.

    Assynt - Murdoch tore Kinnock to shreds relentlessly - it's absurd of you to criticise the criticise press bias towards Labour.

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    Comment number 455.

    I dread to think what will remain of our armed forces, the NHS, the police, the fire service, the coastguard (too many to list) by 2015.

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    Comment number 454.


    You haven't thought this through at all.
    Many people can't even be bothered to vote at general elections. Do you think that most voters have even more time and energy to monitor everything their MP does and decide whether to vote them out on a constant ongoing basis ?
    Your idea is interesting but shows a complete lack of practicality.

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    Comment number 453.

    Our biggest problem with the electoral system in this country is politicians lying about what they will do when in power. It's all very well saying they can be judged on what they do in 5 years, but recently they all seem to have lied before the election. There is no the prospect of politicians doing things forever they were not elected to do because they tell lies before about what they will do.


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