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on 7 February 2014
Andrew Adonis was at the centre of the negotiations between labour and the lib deems after the inconclusive may 2010 general election. He writes with fluency and an insiders knowledge and the whole short book reads like a gripping novel even though you already know the outcome. His style is much better than the rather dreary Alastair Campbell.
Two people do not come well out of the book Gordon brown and nick clegg.brown may have been a total failure as prime minister but when the inconclonclusive results came in he did not care that he had lost all moral authority to govern . His instincts as a politician bred in the Scottish labour machine immediately surfaced. Even before the last results were in he was intriguing to somehow cling on to power. Brown emerges as a discredited, somewhat tawdry figure.
Clegg comes out of the book even worse than brown.he and his pals, laws and Danny Alexander, clearly intended to go into coalition with the Tories right from the start but strung labour along as a bargaining chip to try and get better terms from the Tories on matters like the Av referendum.Apart from that Clegg seems to have been an inept negotiator.he failed to ask for any of the great offices of state from the Tories ,nor take a big department . Incredibly brown had intended to offer clegg the Foreign Office.
Adonis is also good in his summary of the coalition since 2010 .He concludes that cleggs incompetence has continued exerting little influence on the Tories and ,incredibly staying with his brief of constitutional reform when both electoral reform and House of Lords reform had failed.
Adonis says that the Lib.Dems. Are not in coalition merely in government and that is absolutely correct.History may well see Clegg as the man who led the Lib.Dems . Back to government but in doing so destroyed them.Any one interested in British politics should read this book.
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