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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris (20 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780762232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780762234
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Roger Liddle's excellent account of Britain's long wrestling match with Brussels...
is a powerful reminder that Europe does not divide only the Conservatives...
his book is required reading for anyone who wants to look beyond the
sloganising in which the debate is most often framed.'
Philip Stephens, Financial Times

'an important, revealing contemporary history books on how Tony Blair's Government handled Europe.'
Denis MacShane, Tribune

'Liddle provides easily the best explanation in print as to why Blair never joined the euro'
Andrew Sparrow, Guardian

'[Liddle] has written a remarkable account of Britain's troubled relationship with the EU
which is both dispassionate and shrewd, and manages to convey the complexity
of the issues and the personalities involved... it will certainly be ranked
as one of the best-informed and analytically most astute analyses of Britain's European dilemma
over the past five decades.'
--Andrew Gamble, Times Literary Supplement

'an important, revealing contemporary history books on how Tony Blair's Government handled Europe.' --Denis MacShane, Tribune

'Roger Liddle offers a fresh and shrewd account of the many missed opportunities in Britain's relations with the EU- including a frank assessment of the disappointments of Tony Blair, whom he served as an adviser in Downing Street. He concludes with an alternative view of how the UK could still play a positive and constructive role in Europe.'
--[Peter Riddell, Director of the Institute for Government ]

About the Author

Lord (Roger) Liddle is Chairman of Policy Network and became a Life Peer in 2010. He was formerly Tony Blair's Special Advisor on European Policy and subsequently worked for three years in the European Commission, first in the Trade Commissioner's cabinet and then advising the President of the Commission. He has been at the heart of the European debate for two decades, with detailed knowledge of both the politics and public policy.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Freddie on 27 Feb. 2014
Format: Paperback
I found this to be a readable and extremely informative account of Britain's strained relations with Europe (for a non-specialist) - it mixes big picture analysis with interesting anecdotes of the author's days with Tony Blair (as Europe adviser) and how the then British PM's lofty ambitions for Europe fell by the wayside. Some great chapter titles include "Policymaking at the Red Lion" and "In Power with-out a Policy". Liddle then moves on from the New Labour years to explore Cameron's current posturing, moving quickly to damn a 'Little England' approach to the world in an era that demands European solutions. Accessible and compelling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne on 27 Feb. 2014
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This excellent first hand account of Liddle's time in no 10 advising Blair certainly takes you to the heart of the drama. It also raises interesting questions on how the left should tackle the 'European dilemma'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damian on 1 April 2014
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A great book that says a lot about the difficulty for British politicians to make the case for Europe. The account of Blair's failure to end Labour's ambiguity towards Europe is particularly fascinating. A must read for anyone interested in keeping the UK in the EU. Unfortunately there is no easy way out: either you engage voters in a difficult conversation about why we need Europe, or you just let UKIP and the likes score easy goals...
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