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world, he argues that the long-term survival of progressive politics relies more than ever on the radical reform of our outdated political system.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
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.
Good books and some intresting points raised ... it is part memoir part essay on
"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!
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.
"Lacks nuance on the EU"
A rather pious exposition of his own political certainties, whereby only those on his side of the argument are capable of using reason. A shame, as there is much to admire in many of his decisions as recounted here.
Honest and eye opening account of an idealistic and well meaning politicians journey who admits to errors and naivety yet explains processes and political history with concise and fabulous intellectual analysis
A man of great virtue and beliefs and a political credo that I can subscribe to
Without self glorification or euphemism this is educational and fascinating, whether you're a LibDem or not
I wasn't expecting a book about politics in general but a memoir of a liberalist who's talking about how devastating populism and conservatism will be for the country - I like to hear all that as I know he's right! But I found Nick Clegg banging on about the LibDems and what a great job they did while they were in government just a little bit too much for my liking. However, I did learn something from this book and that's why I gave it 3 stars.
"Parts interesting, parts dull. "
Clegg gives his readers some interesting insights into government and his time in the coalition. However, one finds that the general narratives such as liberalism & progressive politics are repeated with little difference is substance.
Would have liked to see Clegg include more personal anecdotes as these were the most interesting parts.
Overall, one can clearly see parliament is now in a worse off position not having the lib-dems steady hands in power as the conservatives lurch to the right.
Nick Clegg's performance is good and fairly enjoyable.
A really interesting commentary on the last 6 years of British politics, especially relevant after Brexit. Also a very convincing case to vote Lib Dem!
And Nick Clegg has a nice reading voice!
The best analysis of the political crisis overtaking Britain with some sobering insights into the inadequacies of the existing Westminster system. A must read for anyone who cares about the future of the UK.
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