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The Road Not Taken and the ‘Bad Faith’ Thesis: Why a Liberal Democrat–Labour Coalition Never Happened in May 2010



This article examines why a Liberal Democrat-Labour Coalition did not result from inter-party negotiations after the General Election in May 2010 and whether the coalition which did emerge was based on a marriage of ‘neo-liberal minds’, as claimed by Andrew Adonis in his <i>5 Days in May</i> (Biteback, 2013). Consideration of the available evidence, however, suggests a more nuanced conclusion. It is expected that the 2010 agreement will be revisited in preparation for a possible hung parliament in 2015.