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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  • rate this

    Comment number 512.

    The Liberal Democrats will not allow the coalition to fail before the next election. If those with ministerial positions lose their seats in 2015, they will leave the Commons with nice ministerial pensions. If they have to relinquish their ministerial positions before the election, they will just lose their seats. Since the LibDems will probably be wiped out in 2015, their choice is simple.

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    Comment number 511.

    We're only halfway through the current parliament and the coalition have done a good job reducing the deficit by 25% in just 2 years.

    The Tories and the Lib Dems need to stick together right up to the next election to prevent the worst case scenario of a Labour government.

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    Comment number 510.

    They seem to be able to have disagreements (as grown up people do) and get on with what they need to do.
    Indeedy ,the seamless way in which the responsibility for the News International bid was handled is testimony to teamwork

    Of course the bond runs deep through the parties.

    What have they done again?

  • rate this

    Comment number 509.

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

    Of course it'll last. - Politicians love power far more than principals.

    There hasn't been a governmenmt in the last three decades which has not sold out on its core principals ,to a greater or lesser extent, in a bid to remain in office.

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    Comment number 508.

    Here's an Idea , why not let the Mayor of London investigate the bankers , after all he is banker himself , isn't he . Sorry, got my constanants mixed up there., could I have a W please , Carol .

  • rate this

    Comment number 507.

    I'm grateful to the Conservatives and the Lib Dems for trying to sort out the collosal financial mess Labour left behind.

    Thank you.

  • rate this

    Comment number 506.

    with the options we have this goverment is our best hope!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rate this

    Comment number 505.

    There's nobody worth electing right now frankly. Nobody has any spine these days. Things stink as they are but I believe they'd be considerably worse under Labour.

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    Comment number 504.

    #845 Durriti

    Absolutely - mass fraud is being swept under the Axminster using a cosy little clan of carefully chosen drones.

    If a patient has suffered a serious infection one wouldn't normally apply prescribe an aspirin and walk away - well, not until Lansley's done at least

    The banking system has the financial equivalent of the ebola virus - it needs immediate and serious attention.

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    Comment number 503.

    I think we should call him 'Bobbing Boris'. For no particular reason. ;-)

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    Comment number 502.

    @497, the contract was awarded by LOCOG, not Government.

    @501, the loans are just as bad in both those regards. The difference between the tax and loans is that the tax isn't being done as a gamble but returns on investment. An extra cut of earnings, rather than recovering a debt.

    Plus, how much public money would be saved by getting rid of the bumbling SFE, and leaving it to HMRC?

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    Comment number 501.


    ALL politicians are dishonest - you'd never get elected if you told the public the truth !

    A graduate tax could be v. unfair as you could end up paying much more (or less) than your own education actually cost. It is too complicated and there is too much potential for error.
    Look at the mess the pensions are in !
    Make something difficult and the govt will mess it up..

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    Comment number 500.


    "As this coalition Government has said, they have done more in 2 1/2 years than Labour did in a decade."

    They certainly have, but unfortunately for the public everything they have done has been bad and made things much much worse for everyone. Everyone except the Eton Old Boys that is.

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    Comment number 499.

    Connor, then that would make the politicians dishonest, wouldn't it?

    For years, Labour and Tories alike have been ramming down the youths' throats that going to Uni means much more money. So why opt for the gamble (loans)? Because they're worried they'll be caught out!

    That's why the tax is better. It matches the rhetoric much better, and is more honest with both students and tax-payers.

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    Comment number 498.

    As this coalition Government has said, they have done more in 2 1/2 years than Labour did in a decade. They seem to be able to have disagreements (as grown up people do) and get on with what they need to do. Labour cannot even be in the same room together without disagreemtnt. We need grown up Government not point scoring.

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    Comment number 497.

    485 - "why one of the gang of four, May, is trying to desperately defend the decision to make use of G4S as the preferred security supplier?"

    You'd have to ask someone from the last government about that, as the contract was awarded to G4S under Labour.

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    Comment number 496.

    Isn't he quoting the obvious,we all know that British politicians will stick like glue to anything that keeps them in power,regardless of what damage they may do to the country and the rest of us.Lets be honest they are only ever interested in themselves.

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    Comment number 495.

    it really should more than pay for itself,

    a very very dangerous assumption. Imagine now you had 30% of school leavers going to uni, then in 10 years it went up to 40%. Who would pick up the extra tab ? The ones who have just started making decent money - not v. fair on them...
    If badly managed, you'd end up with a funding "black hole"...just like the pensions...

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    Comment number 494.

    "Boris Johnson says the coalition government will last to 2015, telling the BBC it is "doomed to succeed"

    Suceed in what? Persecuting people? The only people Disasterous Dave Cameron and his cronies haven't had a go at are the Eton Old Boys. Have people forgot that or are they also suffering from Camnesia?

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    Comment number 493.

    There is no way Clegg will pull out of the coalition no matter how much he is shafted by Cameron. He and the lib-dems know that their sell out has consigned their party to the political wilderness for at least a generation.


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