‘Honoured that you are writing my father’s biography’ the late Tony Benn, ‘...wonderfully written’ Hilary Benn

‘Sparkles with fascinating detail…a remarkable story of Liberal and Labour politics in the first half of the twentieth century.’ Michael Crick, Political Correspondent, Channel 4 News

‘Casts much light both on the evolution of British radicalism, and on the legacy which he bequeathed to his son, Tony. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, King's College, London

‘Brilliant biography…wonderful reading about the father and...discovering more about the son.’ Steve Richards of The Independent

‘Well-written and carefully researched, this fascinating biography brings to life a major figure in British political history…an excellent job of weaving together the strands of a complex life…as well as filling in the background of the Benn family’ Richard Doherty, military historian

Monday, 21 March 2011

Lessons from past Coalitions

Since 1903 there have been 12 attempted or actual coalitions or alliances in Westminster politics. Eight of the twelve came to fruition. The Liberals/Liberal Democrats have been involved in all 12, the Conservatives in 8 and Labour in 7.

In general, the higher the purpose of the coalition, the greater its success. Those formed to prosecute a war generally succeeded. Those which sought to address an economic crisis were fairly successful, while those which sought to keep a party in power after losing an election, were not successful.

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