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The Clegg Coup: Britain's First Coalition since Lloyd George
The Clegg Coup: Britain's First Coalition since Lloyd George
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but marred by condescension, arrogance and brown-nosing., 10 Sep 2013
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Gerard's prose is fluid and easy to read. He is at his best near the beginning when indulging in the exaggerated truth of Clegg's ancestors and own early life. However, as the book progressed and Gerard began his sycophantic propaganda campaign for the right-wing of the 'liberal' party as he calls it, I became increasingly disparaged. As a Lib Dem supporter, Gerard's piece genuinely made me feel like I may as well be voting Tory as this writer actually paints very little daylight between the two.
He harps on about Clegg's lineage so much and then justifies his worth as he is from 'good political stock', as if all of this is somehow importance. I was under the illusion that Lib Dems were all for the philosophy of its where you're going, no where you come from that matters - according to this Tory in a yellow tie clearly the past is more important.
He exalts the borderline Tories such as David Laws and Jeremy Browne and is clearly trying to win brownie points with them by touting them as Gladstone's of our age. I must admit his play on Laws wanting to come out of his 'Tory cupboard' would be funny, if it weren't so damn depressing that essentially pro-Euro conservatives are now running the Lib Dems.
When it comes to describing centrists in the party, like Vince Cable, he is far less complimentary. He spends so much of the chapter on Cable actually banging on about how much the now disgraced Chris Huhne's colleagues hated him, that by the time he finally discusses Dr. Cable the reader has lost the will to live.
After reading this book I was a left wondering if Gerard was trying to hint that the ultimate 'Clegg Coup' would be to eventually just replace the Tories in the political landscape with an ultra laissez-faire version of the liberal party. And if this is indeed the case, then I will have to think about whether I bother supporting the Lib Dems again.

5 Days in May: The Coalition and Beyond
5 Days in May: The Coalition and Beyond
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read, 7 Sep 2013
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The drama that Adonis conveys, as well as his elegant writing style, captivates you in the political game of chess that ensued during those 5 days back in 2010.

What the beermat said
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5.0 out of 5 stars More please!, 26 May 2013
Gosh this piece was a treat! As a first-time writer, Vonny writes in surprisingly clear, determined and elegant prose. Her characters are well-developed and laced with a satire as sharp as the Martini portrayed on the novel's cover. My only, minor, criticism is that the writer did not integrate more of the flamboyant, even 'bouncy', characters that she must have encounter in real life as part of her political exploits. But overall, Bravo! Look out E.L James - one of Sheffield's own is snapping at your heels!

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