4 points raised
UK coalition doesn't work because we are not desgined for such a thing. LibDems seem to think that the public can somehow tell where they have had a leash on Tory proposals. At the very least they need to shout about this louder and stop worrying that they will upset the coalition like its some fragile entity that will collapse as soon as a mean word about the Tories is uttered. Tories are rubbishing the LDs and will gain at next election, even if only by LD 2010 voters staying home.
Lords reform. Using STV to elect means Lords have to compete against other parties and distinguish themsleves from other within the party. This does reduce vote whipping. The single 15yr term of office also effectively kills upperchamber vote whipping as parties cannot punish someone who can't run for re-election anyway.
But, Lords will remain a revising chamber only. They can't initiate law, they can't veto it. By the current Parliament Act, they can suggest amendments, or delay legislation for a year; but ultimately the vote whipped Commons gets its own way (ie: the PMs way). Example - foxhunting ban blocked by a year. Also, according to the Salisbury mandate, manifesto pledges must not be blocked or substantively altered by the Lords; whether the coalition "deal" counts as a "manifesto" is open to debate though.
Mobility and protest - Kettling?
Divide and conquor - when the facts don't help, alter the facts used. Public sector has no bottom level jobs - these were all privatised. So if you compare pay accross the two, you have to look at like for like; where public sector is worse paid. It does, however, have better vacations (ordianarily) and mostly the pensions are better (they mainly ain't the dream scenario pedaled by the Tories though).
Does the gov't propose elevating public pay to that of the private sector? No. Do they argue that private pensions should be raised to meet public ones? No. Do they argue for better vacations for private sector? No. Do they tell the private sector to be jealous of public pensions? Yes. Becuase this gets the workers at each others throats whilst the CEOs trot off with their guarenteed bonuses for the compnay they just ran into the gorund so they can sell it off for more personal gain.