Hung Together: The 2010 Election and the Coalition Government Hardcover – 1 Nov 2010
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'A pacy, well-written and excellently sourced account of the general election and the negotiations that followed' --Peter Oborne, Telegraph
`An engaging insight in to the behind-the-scenes dramas of the 2010 general election and the subsequent high-wire talks' --Nicholas Jones, Tribune
About the Author
Adam Boulton is the pre-eminent broadcast journalist of his generation and the author of Tony's Ten Years, a critically acclaimed account of the Blair premiership. Joey Jones was nominated for the Royal Television Society Specialist Journalist of the Year in 2010. He was Sky News' lead correspondent covering the Conservative campaign.
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Compared to those this lively book is a little lightweight. It does not have the detail of analysis to provide much in the way of extra information and the picture you get of the rollercoaster of emotions on the campaign trail could have made a good feature article, but is not worth reading a whole book for. The analysis is generally very limited and follows conventional lines (so TV debates are dates to the US in 1960 without Sweden in the 1950s being mentioned, the plethora of Lib Dem meetings after the election is mocked rather than analysed for how it helped the party make a united decision, and so on). It provides a form of instant history that can be enjoyable to read and is valuable to capture for the future; its bad luck is the quality of the rival sources of instant history appearing after the 2010 election.
To Adam Boulton's credit the book confronts head-on his own two moments of controversy during the election - his moderation of the second TV debate and his on-screen confrontation with Alistair Campbell. For the former he does a good job of defending his actions, but for the latter his defence goes on at such length and with such insistence that it harms as much as it helps his own reputation.
Joey Jones's reputation - or rather than of TV political journalists in general - also takes a bit of a knock for his honesty description of what really matters to such journalists following a party leader on an election campaign trail: "In general the objective is to niggle and harry in order to force an error or prompt a news line". Not to report factually; not to scrutinise closely for evasion the comments made; not to show how the public is viewing the leader; but instead to try to needle someone into making a mistake. An honest account of what journalists set out to do, especially as it is not a flattering one.
Overall the book is worth a read if you have not got access to the others, want to read as much as possible about the 2010 election or want a book that does lively narrative rather than analysis and explanation.
Sky News is right-wing drivel,so Boulton's analysis will not suprise any reader.I think your response to this book will be based largely on where you place yourself on the political spectrum-if you're a lefty you'll hate it,those who are more rightsist will appreciate it more.After reading this review,guess where i am on that spectrum!!
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