James Forsyth James Forsyth

Nick and Dave are ready to rumble. Ed, on the other hand …

Ed Miliband: ready to wage war? Photo: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images

The coalition parties have governed together for more than three years now, but they remain culturally very different beasts. When the Liberal Democrats held an away day last week, it was at a conference centre in Milton Keynes — picked, in the words of one Lib Dem, ‘because there are no distractions there’.

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