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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback (10 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849540632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849540636
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 688,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"there is reason to pay attention... many of Boles's proposals may be tomorrow's white papers." -- Fraser Nelson, The Observer --Fraser Nelson, The Observer

Boles' book is essential reading --Chartist Magazine

Boles' book is essential reading --Chartist Magazine

About the Author

Nicholas Boles is MP for Grantham and Stamford. Formerly an academic and entrepeneur, he founded the influential Policy Exchange think tank and was instrumental in producing David Cameron s blueprint for power. He was recently voted No. 1 in Total Politics magazine s poll of the top 50 new MPs.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pack TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Dec. 2010
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Conservative MP Nick Boles's book Which Way's Up? attracted immediate headlines about his support for a two-term coalition and for an electoral pact.The heart of the book, however, is about policy rather than political tactics.

Boles himself has long been a Conservative moderniser - "a Cameroon before anyone had heard of David Cameron" in Jonathan Freedland's words - and was a founder of Policy Exchange. In this book he sets out five areas where he believes Liberal Democrats and modernised Conservatives share policy objectives and so can forge a long-term political arrangement.

Intriguingly, the five are areas which many of the left also use to talk about the prospects of centre-left or progressive political agreement. The importance of personal freedom, offering more opportunities to those born into poverty or other disadvantage, the need to protect our environment, a desire to give local communities more power and a belief in the importance of restoring Britain's finances based on cutting the deficit and reviving both investment and exports are five themes that could just as well come from a new Progress pamphlet or an Evan Harris speech.

On immigration Boles does present a set of policy ideas - including ways round EU rules and introducing an equivalent of the American daily pledge of allegiance in schools - which are distinctive - but then they are also ones that many Liberal Democrats abhor.

Yet in most areas what Boles paints as grounds for Conservative-Lib Dem coalition could also be the grounds for other cross-party agreements, if Parliamentary arithmetic (either in Westminster or in devolved bodies) allows or requires it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lotta Continua on 31 Mar. 2012
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Nearly two years in after a week of utter incompetence, it is easy to forget that the enthusiasm that led to the coalition and the aim of creating a centre-right vision that had the effectiveness of Blair's transformation of Labour into a Party pf Government. Nick Boles sets out a short and coherent list of objectives for a liberal-minded government: some are obvious, some are inspired and some are crazy.

Reading this you understand why the coalition gave Cameron the opportunity to switch the Tories from the nasty party to a popular voice that would resonate with most of the British people. Despite Unite doing the coalition the immense favour of foisting the most lkeable but least competent leader of the Opposition for thirty years on Labour, the coalition seems rudderless and actually incompetent as it focuses on ways to upset public servants rather than deliver the changes set out by Boles.

Read it, it is short, think about it: if New Labour still existed PM in waiting Balls would do a lot worse than start here.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Phil O'Brien on 13 Oct. 2010
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As is probably customary when reviewing a "political" book - a declaration of interest! I have no affiliation to any political party, have voted for every different colour politician in my time - but am passionate for doing things right (especially for our country and communities!). Nick Boles is not my MP - although his constituency is only a few miles away.

This book is a great read - and uplifting (there is hope in these desperate times of Britain moving higher/foward). Although the book is effectively a personal manifesto - gathered from his work with the Policy Exchange and helping David Cameron with strategy - the over-riding message is about the common ground that is shared. The common ground argument is expressed well - and directed at supporting the coalition (but I think it's equally a message for all Brits). As Brits, we do spend too much time moaning about what's wrong and disagreeing with small elements .... when we should be working together on the things we agree with.

The book is short and to the point - no historical political tome. Messages that hit home for me were things like putting local communities in charge of their own destiny, liberation of schools from stifling bureaucracy - and that decisions should be made by individuals and collectives (not grabbed by power hungry politicians).

Although Nick is not a front bencher - he has credibility. He was a key figure in a ThinkTank (the Policy Exchange) - and helped in 2005 Michael Gove put together the blue print for current education thinking and working with Simon Jenkins on his 2004 paper Big Bank Localism. Googling him also shows that he has had a key role in Cameron's strategy.

I liked his idea of "Elbows out for Britain" - we should be working to build up our country ...
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