The Robson Press
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Published on 22 September 2015
This is the story of the coalition government, a union that may have begun smelling of roses in the Downing Street Garden but quickly began to exude the odour of something else entirely. For five years, I ran after Dave and Nick, George and Danny, Ed and Ed, Nigel and Nicola, recording their foibles and fears, tempers and tantrums, bacon sandwiches and many pints of bitterness.
It is almost poignant now to look back and see how quickly it all began to tarnish.
Here, then, is the on-the-spot true story of the tuition fees vote, the train wreck over Lords reform, the Omnishambles budget, the Scottish neverendum and the dramatic Syria vote.
Floods, horsemeat, badgers. fruitcakes and flummery. Calm down dear? Don’t be ridiculous.
All in this together? You decide.
Review from The Times Higher Education Supplement, 14 April 2016:
From Sir David Bell, vice-chancellor, University of Reading, one of the THES’s scholar-reviewers: “Being a parliamentary sketchwriter is unbelievably hard. You have to be knowledgeable, topical, witty and informative – all in 600 words. In that respect, Ann Treneman of The Times was the doyenne of the trade, as seen in this account. Put aside serious history for a moment. If you want to know what the coalition government was really like, read this.”
Review by Gisela Stuart, MP and Editor of The House magazine, 1 February 2016.
“This book is a great read for three reasons. First, she writes well. Second, it’s not about her, and her starting point isn’t that politicians are all bad. And third, and most importantly, with the benefit of hindsight, so many of her judgments turned out to have been right.”