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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback; First Edition edition (15 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849540810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849540810
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Laws offers fresh insights in a gripping narrative. Wilson, then a Tory whip, provides a balanced and revealing instant history'.
--Peter Riddell, TLS

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Rob Wilson is the Conservative MP for Reading East. He is a former Conservative Party whip and Shadow Minister for Higher Education and is currently PPS to Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt MP.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pack TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Nov 2010
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Conservative MP Rob Wilson's book on the formation of a coalition government in May 2010 plays up the drama of the events, talking of how "Gordon Brown and David Cameron were both determined to do whatever was necessary to secure the position of Prime Minister" as if the story is one of a cliff-hanging drama which could have gone either way.

Whilst the outcome is certainly significant for British political history, what the book is far less convincing on is that there was really any serious chance of a Labour - Lib Dem deal that would have kept David Cameron out of 10 Downing Street. Neither Wilson's book, nor its sister book published at the same time - 22 Days in May by David Laws, offers a convincing alternative sequence of events which could have delivered a Labour PM once the election results came in.

The obstacles to a Labour - Lib Dem deal were threefold. First, the election results made the Parliamentary arithmetic for such a deal extremely tough. "It became a regular refrain at the telephone conversations and meetings between Clegg and Brown that whatever Brown said, Clegg would respond by drawing attention to `the sheer unforgiving political reality' of the figures'," Wilson records.

Second, the decisions people in Labour had made over the previous three years to elect and then stick with Gordon Brown had left their party with a leader that others were extremely wary of trying to make a deal with. As Laws puts it in his own book, "If his own Cabinet colleagues cannot work with him, what chance do four or five Lib Dem ministers have?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lg2 on 26 Feb 2012
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It is arguable that history will look back at the Gordon Brown reign and only be interested by these last few days as he stayed in Number Ten as the inevitable change of power happened in other places. This book gives a fascinating insight into the whole process and serves as a good example to politicians worldwide, but especially in the US, as to how one can adapt and compromise for the benefit of the whole country.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vicky Park on 3 April 2011
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A well written account of the negotiations leading to the current coalition government, with many details gleaned from one side or the other, inlcuding Labour attempts to do a deal with the Lib Dems. Less partisan and wider in scope than the David Laws book from the same publisher.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mother Shipton on 7 Jan 2011
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I bought this book for a very political person who rated it as follows

"A thoughtful and incisive book that revealed many interesting features of the negotiating period between the Lib Dems and the Tories. Well worth a read!"
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