Better off together than apart

Nick Clegg and David Camerob

It was not perhaps the most romantic of locations to renew their political vows but today, in a railway depot in Birmingham, David Cameron and Nick Clegg did just that.

Insisting, once again, that they, their parties and the country were better off with them together than apart.

The prime minister rejected my suggestion that they resembled a warring couple who've tried to reassure people they were staying together for the sake of the children.

Today was all about emphasising what they do agree on - what David Cameron calls their shared purpose, mission and agenda. First and foremost it is economic but embraces the reform of health and education too.

They refused, though, to answer hard questions about what they do not agree on - in particular, how to resolve the row about reforming the House of Lords which has led the Lib Dems to make increasingly uncoded threats.

If the Tories don't deliver, they warn, they'll retaliate by refusing to vote to shrink the size of the Commons - a reduction in the number of MPs which would, it's estimated, make it easier for the Conservatives to win an election on their own.

It is that which is leading some on both sides to talk about divorce.

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    Comment number 5.

    We'd be better of with "Bert & Ernie", at least they would actually care.

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    Comment number 1.

    How good to know DC is committed to the coalition - as a Conservative supporter I feel less committed to David Cameron with every passing day.
    If I'd wanted less police, less soldiers, less border agency officers, and one foul-up after another, I would have voted Labour.
    Cameron's now 'toxic goods' and Labour will pray the Conservatives keep him as Leader until the next General Election,

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    Comment number 25.

    On the big issues, the coalition are doing a good job. The things they have been criticised for are minor in the overall picture. The deal will last because the country needs it. The alternative of Labour is too awful to even contemplate. Britain dislikes Miliband's astonishingly hypocritical dishonesty. And it fears living under the jackboot of Labour's union paymasters.

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    Comment number 29.

    It is interesting to think who will vote Lib-Dem at next elections, the people they have upset the most is their own voters, namely the cloud cuckoo brigade who believe the state should provide for us all.

    The Tories need to harden up and stand up for what the working people want put into place

    Not a good relationship but at least they are trying to solve the huge mess Labour left behind

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    Comment number 33.

    The marriage will end one day, of that there is no doubt.
    It is to be hoped that when it does it is not a messy vindictive divorce with dysfunctional children, rather it be a happy prosperous family and a legacy of which Cameron and Clegg can be rightly proud.
    For the moment at least, the raison d'etre of the Coalition is that politics should not interfere with Economics and good governance. .


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