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Arriage or civil partnership of blue and yellow why the red cover Very well written and fascinating account of the beginnings and workings of the coalition I don t agree with the author s politics but it does s good to push ourselves out of our comfort zones sometimes I d recommend this to anyone who wants to English Doctor, Italian Bride understand the behind the scenes deals and personalities that have kept the coalition together even if at times it has come close to collapse I voted libdem at the last election and was horrified when they went into partnership with the conservatives I nownderstand about that decision but I m not persuaded it was the best decision and I think it signalled the end of the libdem party If the next election brings Lullaby for Two us another coalition it will be interesting to see what form that takes Many ofs don t followbelieve in politics in the modern age because there are so few operators people who know how to get deals done with people who fundamentally disagree with them I agree with Russell Kirk that politics is the art of the possible and the 5 years of Coalition Government in Britain were hardly a model of how such parties with divergent views on so many things came together in the national interest and really succeeded The story only gets you Once a Thief (The Network up to the 2015 election so it doesn t have the surprise result no one expected which led to the Lib Dems paying for the sins of the coalition and the Tories reaping the rewards I came away from this book and from a close observation of the 2015 GE greatly edified by the Lib Dems as principled typesIf you want to learn about a government that actually managed to accomplish some great things in 5 years of ruling read this book It s definitely an insider s view and not in the Woodwardesue gossipy preachy way D Ancona leads with a pretty dispassionate tone throughout and it serves this kind of work very well This book by the journalist Matthew D Ancona on Britain s Coalition government was recommended to me by someone who works in politics partly around Westminster as a must read if I wanted tonderstand ab. David Cameron George Osborne Boris Johnson and Nick Clegg he will tell the truth behind key relationships the U turns the shifts in policies the dramatic fights and argu.
Matthew d Ancona s closeness to the people he writes about weakens this book Historians need not only the distance of time but also objectivity In It Together has neither However there s plenty of detail about the Coalition I never knew and it s here that d Ancona s contacts with senior government figures is a plus Later historians will find In It Together a Loving Jessie useful reference work but this is not the definitive account of Cameron s government Now this is Gossip with a capital G If you like your politics spicy fuelled by intrigue swearing rows between colleagues with a dash of sex corruption and deficit reduction then you ll love this bookD Ancona takess from the bir In It Together is an authoritative comprehensive account of the Coalition Perhaps the bible of Cameron and Clegg s government but with two years of the relationship still to play out accurately the first testamentThose who regularly read Matthew d Ancona s columns for the Telegraph and Evening Standard will be familiar with his Westminster insider access and his moderate informed centre right political outlookThere are no hugely revealing scoops or game changing revelations but that is reflective of the out in public nature of coalition government workings and the fact that the characters involved are simply no match for those of New Labour who they replacedThat being said there is plenty to keep the reader gripped d Ancona essentially the Coalition s fly on the wall Perhaps most revealing is the somewhat tense relationship between Iain Duncan Smith and George Osborne the Chancellor portrayed as a shrewd political operator throughoutThe writing style is fluid and engaging d Ancona is fond of a metaphor a tweet is a long time in politics or if it takes a village to raise a child then it certainly takes a newsroom to train a hack but that is Behind Closed Doors (Made in Montana, usually no bad thing Moreover the content is well connected among key themes broadly chronological but not alwaysAll in all a must read for anyone with a serious interest in the first coalition government since WW2 Just one small bugbear for a Matthew d'Ancona's In It Together is the revelatory inside story of Britain's coalition governmentWith exclusivenprecedented access to all the major senior figures from.
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Out its inner workings In It Together a title taken from one of the key pieces of rhetoric sed by politicians in the ConservativeLiberal Democrat government is an account of the relationships between those politicians and how the government has operated behind the scenes developed through the author s Parliamentary contacts and his interviews with politicians The book is gripping from start to finishI started taking a real interest in national politics when the General Election of 2010 was taking place when I was 17 and a few months short of being able to vote so the story of the Coalition government is one that I ve been following ever since the fateful rose garden scene with David Cameron and Nick Clegg announcing their new political partnership ITN video of the occasion The book has led me to recall a lot of the major issues and stories from 2010 p to today and has made me feel informed not only as a student with an interest in politics but as a member of today s electorateAnother aspect of the book worth mentioning is that of superb Mistresses uotations and painting of situations for instance there s Clegg s insecurity as a leader I wasn t really leading he is claimed to have said after the failure of the AV referendum and the tuition fees turn and the clashes between Clegg and the prime minister Cameron is reported to have said to his deputy You can go off and do whatever you want with Labour Even if you completely disagree with the Coalition s politics you ll be able to enjoy the way that the author so finely humanises our leaders and governors and brings a touch of novelistic characterisation to figures that we read every day about and might mostly see from a distance in a two dimensional waySo I d recommend this book to anyone with an interest in British politics in the modern day and how government works behind the stage curtains You ll also feel like you re in the know ever something to be desired when you have political friends that all think they know everything about the government and current affairs but aren t privy to Westminster gossip. Ments and the warring within the party A breathtaking book that takes you into the heart of government it reveals the truth behind the corridors of Whitehall and Number