We've not had much experience of national coalitions in the UK, other than the current omnishambles merchants.
I vaguely recall the short-lived Lib-Lab pact in the 70s, but other than that, nowt, although I'm aware of reasonably successful Labour partnerships with other parties in the Welsh and Scottish parliaments.
Before polling day in 2010, the notion of a hung parliament was being widely touted, and so was a possible coalition. We had naive eejits saying things like "Well, it makes sense for politicians all to, like, work together for the good of the country, yah?" People actually decided to vote Lib Dem on the basis of a few smoothie-chopped, slicked back, mendacious TV appearances by a duplicitous but superficially-impressive-to-the-gullible Lib Dem leader.
And lo, it came to pass. The rest, as the cliche manual has it, is history. Or rather, I wish it fucking was history, instead of the living nightmare we are now enduring.
I might have said this before, but if this is coalition government, you can bloody well keep it. In fact you can stuff it up your arse with a clothes pole.
I seriously hope that we never see another in my lifetime, if for no other reason than that it's hard to imagine that a majority Tory government could be significantly worse than the one we now have being "moderated" by the Lib Dems.
And another thing - is it a cast iron rule that the minor party in any governing coalition gets shat upon from a great height, or is it simply that this happened to the Lib Dems because they have a leader who is about as much use as Anne Frank's drum kit?
Please, please, by almighty bog, don't let 2015 deliver another hung parliament.
I'm a nasty, violent lefty. You cunt.