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Explain the problems that the Coalition Government has faced since 2010

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked ´╗┐Explain the problems that the Coalition Government has faced since 2010. [16] After the 2010 Westminster Election resulted in a hung parliament, the Conservative Party entered a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats. The Conservatives won 307 seats and were 19 short of a majority, and the 57 Lib Dem seats would be enough to ?carry the government? into a majority. The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government provides ample evidence of the problems such a government may face. At the formation stage there is the issue of marrying policies that may be very different and the question of the allocation of ministerial posts. Many have considered that the Lib Dem?s biggest mistake was insisting on having a Minister in every department in government. They wanted to demonstrate to the public their ability to govern. ...read more.


The rules of collective responsibility are weaker but still exist. In 2012 there were disagreements on how to tax the very rich. Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable wanted a mansion tax and his leader Clegg wanted a tycoon tax (all wealthy people must pay a minimum of 20% tax). The Conservatives were reluctant to increase taxes at all. In the end the March 2012 budget was a compromise. The top rate of tax was reduced to 45% but measures were put in place to reduce tax avoidance amongst the wealthy. The Stamp Duty (a tax on property) was increased to 7% on homes above £2 million. All members of the coalition had to defend these changes, even though they disagreed privately. There have been serious breaches of the Ministerial code. ...read more.


For example, when it comes to the Human Rights Act the Lib Dems are more in favour of individual rights. They pushed for a new Freedom Bill as they feel the Human Rights Act does not go far enough, in contrast the Conservatives believe that the act should be repealed without replacement (this was part of their 2015 manifesto). The biggest sticking point in the coalition was the AV referendum. The only reason why the referendum happened was because it was a desire of the Lib Dems when the joined the coalition and was agreed by Cameron as a trade-off. During the campaign they actively campaigned against each other, as Cameron was backing a no vote. To conclude, in 2012, only one voter in six believed the government would survive until the 2015 election, amid regular ?coalition at war? headlines and the collapse of the government?s constitutional reform programme. However, despite its faults, the coalition managed to last until the 2015 general election. ...read more.

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