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To what extent have the parties involved in the Conservative- Liberal Democrat coalition remained faithful, since 2010, to principles and ideas?

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To what extent have the parties involved in the Conservative- Liberal Democrat coalition remained faithful, since 2010, to principles and ideas. The Conservative party and the Liberal Democrats formed a coalition after the 2010 general election as a result of a hung parliament. Whilst both parties have remained faithful to some election promises, both have had to compromise. The Liberal Democrats have succeeded in their aims of raising the pre tax threshold and scrapping the ID card scheme, but have had to compromise on constitutional reform. The Conservative party have kept their commitment to reduce the role of the state through their 'Big Society' scheme, as well as their commitment to favour enterprise and support the business sector, however they have not increased prison capacity. In their election manifesto, the Liberal Democrats (LD) made a pledge to raise the threshold at which at which people start paying income tax to £10000, which edges towards social liberalism, the idea that through economic management and welfare provision, the freedom of the individual can be increased. ...read more.

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The LD have also failed to implement their policy to scrap tuition fees over six years. Tuition fees actually increased to £9000 per year, which lead to anger from many students towards the LD for neglecting their pledge. As well as this, the LD did not remain faithful to their pledge replace council tax with a local income tax, which would have made the amounts paid by individuals within a community more proportional to incomes. The neglect of this policy seems to suggest the current LD have tried to move away from so called 'Orange Book' liberalism in tougher economic times. After their 2010 election, the Conservatives have been successful in reducing the role of the state within communities, instead promoting the private and voluntary sector to take up a greater role within the community, and assisting in welfare provision. The introduction of this policy shows a clear move to the left for conservatives, with this particular policy being a prime example of a move towards 'Orange Book' liberalism, pioneered by the more right LDs, the most notable of whom is current leader, Nick Clegg. ...read more.

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Furthermore, they have agreed to a LD policy to move to a tax free personal allowance. This shows how the Conservative is trying to distance itself from the ?New Right? of the 70?s, and are trying to move towards a left, ?One Nation? stance. Finally, the Conservatives have not gone ahead with their declared aims to replace Trident. In conclusion, whilst it?s clear that both parties have had compromise on policies, and both parties have been successful in pushing policies forward, it?s also clear that both parties have some sort of ideological fusion between leaders. The Conservatives appear to be trying to move towards a ?One Nation? stance, to the left, and the LDs are trying to maintain a fairly central stance. Cameron and Clegg?s degree of compatibility may have been influenced by the fact that both became parliamentarians during a period where Labour dominated politics, so it seems, at the elite level, the two coalition parties may be a lot closer than first thought, with the Conservatives trying to move away from their untrustworthy and unelectable image and the LDs trying to stay as close as possible to their blue counterparts. ...read more.

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