Politics has changed. Five years ago Britain had a coalition government built on compromise. Now the Conservatives rule unchallenged, a chasm has opened up between Left and Right and the centre ground is deserted.
Nick Clegg knows the volatile state of modern politics better than anyone else. Here he offers a frank and honest account of his experiences - from his spectacular rise in the 2010 election through his tumultuous years as Deputy Prime Minister to a brutal defeat in 2015 - in order to tell the inside story of this change and reflect on what it means for our future.
He writes candidly about his own mistakes - including the controversy around tuition fees - the tense standoffs within government and the sometimes bizarre challenges he faced. He lifts the lid on the arcane world of Westminster, offering startling insights into the hidden workings of government, and reflects deeply on the decision to enter coalition with the Conservatives.
In a rapidly and profoundly changing world, he argues that the long-term survival of progressive politics relies more than ever on the radical reform of our outdated political system. Whatever your political persuasion, if you wish to understand how Britain is run today you cannot afford to ignore this audiobook.
©2016 Nick Clegg (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
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"An essay to liberals"
More of a 3.5 starts... Listened to this on my commute - some interesting insights into the coalition and Nick Clegg's hindsight and vision. The middle got a bit stale and repetitive (felt almost whiney) - if short on time maybe just read/listen to the first chapter and last two!
However, if interested in politics I recommend to give it a go - it's worth the air time
I really loved this book. It was thoughtful, insightful and balanced. It gives real insight into the workings of the government in general and the coalition in particular.
Nick Clegg reads in an interesting and engaging way.
Some reviews say that the book is just tory bashing but I didn't think that at all. He does talk about some problems he had with the tories but you'd expect him to.
If you're interested at all in modern politics I think this is the best book you'll find. An absolute must if you're a politics student.
A very interesting insight into modern politics.
The system could be so much better but I can see now why progress is so slow.
Nick Clegg is a good man, I wish him all the best in the future.
"Honest assessment of SW1"
First opportunity with Audible. Makes the book all the more enjoyable when you hear the author.
Nick gives a fresh and frank assessment of all the risks, the twists and turns, and the depth charges that were in his way - and that of his Party - in joining and making a success of the then Coalition Government (from a LibDem perspective).
Well worth it!
Good books and some intresting points raised ... it is part memoir part essay on
"A loss to British politics."
An amazing book. Nick Clegg comes across as intelligent, honest and humble. There is no sour grapes about how he and his party were treated in the 2015 election; instead an honest account of what happened and why.
"A clear, objective analysis of coalition govt"
Whatever your politics, a fascinating analysis and insight into the challenges of Coalition Govt, and the sucking out of the life of the centre ground in our democracy. Read it. We all need to understand as we move forward into a very different future.
"Gave it a try as I thought it would interesting"
wasn't disappointed Nick has a great reading voice and covers some revealing subjects (for me anyway) about the machinations of Westminster & Brussels. Repeated himself à bit to make some points that are dear to his heart but came across as more reasonable and thoughtful than I had envisaged.
"A book that makes you think about British politics"
Written and read in an engaging style, this book is quite an eye-opener. Oddly enough, Clegg also provides a justifiable reason for Brexit if you'd like one, even if you were a "Remainder".
"Better than I expected."
Not exactly a no holds barrel. but a fascinating insight into liberalism, it's past, and how it can and should compete against the rising tide of populism. it's sprinkled throughout with tales of his experiences at the heart of government and is very frank and honest about his successes and failures. If we had a fairer press then maybe this book need not have been written, but we don't, it did, and I'm glad it was.
"Extremely good... but not extreme"
Excellent inside track on Nick's political fortunes and the politics of the coalition government. Also he gives an excellent account of the EU referendum and UK's relationship with Europe, as well as making the case for political reform by explaining oddities of the UK political system. It's hard not to agree with Nick. This is all mixed with just one rather dull chapter which gives an international comparison of the role of weaker parties in coalition governments.
Readers looking for fresh ideas to tackle our bigfest problems will however be disappointed. Building houses through monetary financing and devolution many be good policies, but in a book which is, first and foremost, a defence of gradual, rational progressivism it is no surprise that Nick doesn't offer any silver bullets.
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