Sunday 26 February 2017

Split on votes a threat to the British coalition

BRITISH cabinet ministers are not just campaigning openly on opposite sides in the debate on the proposed change in the UK voting system. They speak bitterly about their coalition colleagues. A four-letter word, "lies", has been bandied about.

A clear breach of collective responsibility, a principle supposed to prevail.

But that is nothing new. Harold Wilson, when prime minister, allowed Labour ministers to oppose each other publicly in a referendum on EC membership. In the Dail, Liam Cosgrave as Taoiseach once voted against a bill introduced by his own government.

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