book review

Coalition: The Inside Story of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government

Coallition David LawsFirst published in Progress magazine

‘They’re all useless bastards’, was an agreed spoiled vote in David Laws’ Yeovil constituency in 2010. Fast forward five years and it was the public’s reaction to the Liberal Democrats after half a decade of power.

Having read Laws’ first book, 22 days in May, I was looking forward to an equally stimulating read in Coalition. But alas. His latest BiteBack publication gallantly makes the case that it was right for the Liberal Democrats to join the government in May 2010; after all, if the ‘Orange Bookers’ do not, who else will?

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An intellectual reawakening

First published by Labor Voice

‘Hearts and Minds’ is published today by Chris Bowen, the new Treasurer of Australia

The first observation from Chris Bowen’s book out today is how fast politics moves. Written only weeks ago as a backbencher who had recently left Cabinet and expected his next role to be in opposition, our author is back on the frontline as Treasurer before the manuscript could be printed. In the text of the book, he suggests that Yes, Minister’s Sir Humphrey would call a number of his proposals ‘courageous’. This is undoubtedly true, and that was before it was possible to know he would be holding the government’s purse strings. While the normal ‘when resources allow’ caveats are included, there are bold and radical ideas in the text. As such, its content will be much poured over by his political opponents and the Murdoch-owned media in the days and weeks to come. (more…)