The abortive Clarke-Redwood pact demonstrated the impossibility of honestly maintaining large-party coherence (Hague's victory proves nothing). New Labour, a party "disciplined" with gags and prohibitions, sports the pairing of Prescott and Blair. These fantasy couplings are purely promotional: there can be no marriage of true minds in such circumstances. In practice the incumbents have to settle for merely doing things together - it hardly seems to matter what so long as the perquisites of power flow unchallenged.
Public life may recently have been curdled by sleaze; it is certainly now befuddled by humbug. Can we have our divisions back please?
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