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A new return to Victorian values

Radical plans to make it easier for employers to sack their workers could soon become a reality. Yet they remain hugely controversial

Can the Big Society work?

In the first part of a three-day debate, our chief political commentator Steve Richards examines the genesis, development and ultimate misjudgment of a Coalition policy that, he argues, is doomed to fail

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So, David Cameron, why did you fail to seal the deal?

You started out against the most unpopular PM of recent times. The Lib Dems were running at less than 20 per cent in the opinion polls. The right-wing press was uniformly behind you and you had a double-digit lead for most of the four years you have led your party

As the hopes of a majority died, the feelers went out

David Cameron sat down in the Thatcher Room on the third floor of the Millbank Tower at 3.45pm yesterday and made the most important telephone call of his political life. It was to Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, and it was to offer him a coalition that Mr Cameron hoped could put both men in power for the next five years.