22 Days in May and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
  • RRP: £9.99
  • You Save: £2.00 (20%)
FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10.
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Used: Good | Details
Sold by Tree Savers
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: A used book that is in good, clean condition. Your item will be picked, packed and posted FREE to you within the UK by Amazon, also eligible for super saver delivery.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

22 Days in May: The Birth of the Lib Dem-Conservative Coalition Paperback – 22 Nov 2010


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£7.99
£5.04 £0.01

Frequently Bought Together

22 Days in May: The Birth of the Lib Dem-Conservative Coalition + 5 Days in May: The Coalition and Beyond
Price For Both: £18.38

Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback; First Edition 2nd Impression edition (22 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849540802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849540803
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

the story he has to tell is full of rich detail and comes with a vital five months' worth of perspective. --Peter Preston, The Guardian

David Laws has copious notes of interminable meetings to rely on, which means his account has the ring of authenticity. It's a brisk, rewarding read that makes you feel more participant than spectator. It also catches the milling chaos of the time, the imperative that a deal be done in yes! the national interest, because the cabinet secretary and governor of the Bank of England were dancing jigs of anxiety just off stage. --Peter Preston, The Guardian

David Laws has copious notes of interminable meetings to rely on, which means his account has the ring of authenticity. It's a brisk, rewarding read that makes you feel more participant than spectator. It also catches the milling chaos of the time, the imperative that a deal be done in yes! the national interest, because the cabinet secretary and governor of the Bank of England were dancing jigs of anxiety just off stage. --Peter Preston, The Guardian

About the Author

David Laws is the Lib Dem MP for Yeovil. He was briefly Chief Secretary to the Treasury in David Cameron s coalition government. He was co-editor of the influential The Orange Book (2004) and Britain after Blair (2006).

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pack TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
Many insider accounts have already appeared of the events retold in David Laws's book. It is therefore one of the book's strengths that not only is it written in a lively style which gives some freshness to the now familiar sequence of events but it also adds many new insights.

Although only briefly mentioned by Laws himself, perhaps the most important is how much the Liberal Democrats owe to Chris Huhne who played a key and supportive role in the negotiations, despite having only very narrowly lost an at times tetchy leadership contest with Nick Clegg.

Laws's book brings out Huhne's close involvement in shaping the party's approach to a hung Parliament and how he persuaded many others of the virtues of his party agreeing a coalition rather than 'confidence and supply' arrangement. The environment in which that was done was one of mutual respect and debate - a sharp contrast from the Labour Party where so much of their approach to the hung Parliament was shaped by former and future personal ambitions.

In Laws's account, the final outcome of the coalition talks between the three main parties was pretty much determined by the result the voters decided on (wittingly or not) in the general election. There are no "what if..." moments from the post-result events which can spur alternative histories except for one - perhaps it might have been no AV referendum and confidence and supply rather than coalition. But it would still have been Cameron as Prime Minister, and Laws's book does not suggest any plausible sequence by which that could have turned out differently given the election result.
Read more ›
14 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By brittany s pierce on 20 May 2011
Format: Paperback
David Laws' 22 Days in May is an engrossing read. It's the first true insider story of an era defining event, the creation of a full coalition in the UK, the story of the birth of a government written by someone who witnessed and whelped it. A slight let down is that it's author knows it. No page goes by without David Laws feeling the full weight of history bearing down upon him. "I knew" becomes the book's cliche (surely, "I know now" ?) No sentence is uttered without the significance that he can attach to it in hindsight. Even a pub gets upgraded, bemusingly, to a restaurant (Laws has visions of `Loose Box', in London, inserting a blue plaque where he once sat, perhaps?).

The one area where Laws might, in truth, claim credit for far-sightedness is in the book's treatment of Chris Huhne. Upon publication, reviews cited Law's description of Huhne's commitment to full coalition with the Conservatives as casting fresh, positive light on this defeated leadership candidate. Now, 12 months on, with Huhne fighting (a) to appeal to disaffected LibDems as their post-coalition leader, and (b) to avoid the DVLA, Law's intent in eulogizing Huhne may be seen very differently: as an attempt to tie him firmly to the mast of Nick Clegg and coalition.

I'd recommend the accounts of the negotiations between the parties to anyone, within or outwith the Westminster bubble. Only the true politicos will stick around for the appendices (the various drafts of agreements between the major parties).
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lotta Continua on 29 April 2011
Format: Paperback
David Laws's version of events around the coalition is excellent. whilst not the most exciting of records, it gives a useful insight into the formation of the coaltion. Interetsingly it seems difficult to discern whether the deal with Labour fell on grounds of policy or personality splits in the run-up to Labour choosing a new Leader.

Despite the complaints about the coalition's policies from the new Shadow Cabinet, it is actually clear that Labour would have done a deal if the arithmetic had been easier and its policies would not have been that much different from now. Whilst David Laws has little time for some of the Labour team whose lack of discipline seems to be a major factor in creating the coalition, he is not exactly gushing about the involvement of Nick Clegg who does not seem to have a clear strategy for what he would do as Deputy Prime Minister helping to explain his current dilemma as the dog who actually caught the motorbike.

Fascinating read and the advice to read Peter Mandelson's verions of events is helpful: a pity that more politicians do not understand that when policies have converged then personalities and trust do matter.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. C. Walter on 1 Feb 2011
Format: Paperback
Most instant histories need to be rewritten after the perspective of a few years. This one will endure, because the author was such a key participant. The account is revealing in that it shows that the negotiators perceived to be more on the right of the Liberal Democrat spectrum were not necessarily those who were keenest to do a deal with the Conservatives.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback