Differentiaton is increasingly the centrepiece of the Liberal Democrats’ political strategy. Back in the halcyon days of May 2010, as Nick Clegg and David Cameron flirted together in the Rose Garden, the over-arching message was about how much the LibDems and the Conservatives had in common.
But as the coalition has struggled towards the halfway point of its parliament and thoughts turn to the next election, the governing parties have a habit of highlighting their differences, not their similarities. This isn’t really about future government policy, it is about drawing electoral battle lines.
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