Fixed-term parliaments

Kiran Stacey

Jim wrote earlier this month about the trouble the fixed-term parliaments bill has run into in the Lords.

Now it has finally passed, some Lib Dems think it could mark the end of coalition government altogether, at least under the current first-past-the-post voting system.

Lib Dem MPs broadly fall into two categories in their attitude towards the coalition: those who relish it as a chance to get their ideas enacted in government and those who think it was a regrettable necessity given the electoral maths and economic crisis.