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world, he argues that the long-term survival of progressive politics relies more than ever on the radical reform of our outdated political system.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
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.
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.
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.
If you're interested (and like me, somewhat dismayed) in the recent events in British and global politics, this book is an insightful analysis and commentary into the events and their causes, as well as quite informative about the workings of British politics as a whole.
Nick Clegg is a good narrator, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Highly recommended.
I adored every single chapter and was amazed at his being so frank. I am listening to it again...Thank you Mr Clegg. Please do write another one soon with an audio version too as it is very helpful when one is tired and still would like to enjoy a great book.
An informed honest account by a talented politician who had learned from mistakes and some dark shaded part of politics!
Excellent reflection from Nick Clegg being short term in power, thinking he was doing the right thing for the country but failed to recognise the snake-pit that he found himself in bed with the Slimy Conservatives, headed by an egotistical Prime Minister.
I have certainly learned a great deal from this book and even shares a lot of his views on the best actions we must take for the country rather than letting the like of UKIP to lead us down the nationalistic garden path!
A wasted talent who I certainly hope he will find his way in getting back to the top! Well written book Mr. Clegg. My daughter might be many thousands pounds more in debts from her tuition fees, she is now a qualified Vet earning her way to pay it back!
A fantastic, insightful book about the challenges politics faces going forward. Now more than ever, we need a liberal centre ground to take charge and fight for an open, tolerant and United Kingdom.
Alongside the politics, I really enjoyed how Nick portrays the silliness of our political institutions - from the hanging of your sword in the House of Commons cloakroom, to George Osborne's desperation for a state owned mansion.
It also shows the immense stress and strain that public life places on personal lives and how, if not managed properly, can lead to ill health.
Great book, can thoroughly recommend!
In a time of great political uncertainties I found this a reassuring and revealing account of what happens behind the scenes in British politics. It's hard to knock Clegg after listening to this book given his openness to admit failure and the sheer logic of his arguments. It's also a blueprint for moderate, progressive politics which is far more appealing than anything else I've heard recently. The book made me optimistic about the future.
"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
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