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The coalition split draws nearer
Sebastian Payne 9:28am, 9th April 2012
While AV and the upcoming House of Lords reform dispute produced a split down party lines, the surveillance bill will create a rather more interesting divide. Lib Dem technopoliticans (like Julian Huppert) will bizarrely find themselves ganging up with small-state Conservatives (lead by David Davis no doubt) to rally against this bill. There's little doubt the extended powers will pass in one form or another, but along the way, the question of what quantifiable difference the Lib Dems are making in government will be asked yet again. And the day draws nearer when Nick Clegg will have to answer that very question.