5 Days in May: The Coalition and Beyond

Andrew Adonis

5 Days in May: The Coalition and Beyond

In the wake of the inconclusive May 2010 general election Lord Adonis and other senior Labour figures sat down for talks with the Liberal Democrat leadership to try to persuade them to govern Britain together in a Lib Lab coalition. The talks ultimately resulted in failure for Labour amid recriminations on both sides and the accusation that the Lib Dems had conducted a dutch auction, inviting Labour to outbid the Tories on a shopping list of demands. Despite calls for him to give his own account of this historic sequence of events, Adonis has kept his own counsel until now. Published to coincide with the third anniversary of the general election that would eventually produce an historic first coalition government since the Second World War, 5 Days In May is an insider account of the dramatic negotiations that led to its formation. It also offers the author's views on what the future holds as the run-up to the next election begins. 3.2 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
5 Days in May: The Coalition and Beyond

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Society, Politics & Philosophy
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Date of Publication May 2013
ISBN 978-1849545662
Publisher Biteback
 

In the wake of the inconclusive May 2010 general election Lord Adonis and other senior Labour figures sat down for talks with the Liberal Democrat leadership to try to persuade them to govern Britain together in a Lib Lab coalition. The talks ultimately resulted in failure for Labour amid recriminations on both sides and the accusation that the Lib Dems had conducted a dutch auction, inviting Labour to outbid the Tories on a shopping list of demands. Despite calls for him to give his own account of this historic sequence of events, Adonis has kept his own counsel until now. Published to coincide with the third anniversary of the general election that would eventually produce an historic first coalition government since the Second World War, 5 Days In May is an insider account of the dramatic negotiations that led to its formation. It also offers the author's views on what the future holds as the run-up to the next election begins.

Reviews

The Observer

Nick Cohen

The behaviour of Liberals in power shows that the only vehicle for progressive politics is the Labour party. It's not much of a vehicle. Its engine is usually choking, its exhaust is usually spewing, its passengers are usually stabbing one another in the back, and its driver is usually heading at full speed in the wrong direction. But as Adonis concludes at the end of this revelatory and quietly shocking book, it's all there is.

12/05/2013

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The Sunday Telegraph

Tim Ross

It reads like an open letter to Ed Miliband. Labour, Adonis writes, must prepare now for a future round of negotiations with the Lib Dems in what may well be another hung parliament in 2015. It is an argument made more powerful because Adonis is back in the front line, leading Miliband’s review of industrial policy. If Labour wins in two years’ time, he stands to see his ideas translated into sweeping economic reforms. If Labour nearly wins, however, this book may prove to be his most important work.

20/05/2013

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The Spectator

Lloyd Evans

In effect, it’s a primer for party leaders hoping to form a coalition after a future hung parliament ... It’s significant that his criticism of Clegg never reaches the point of outright condemnation. Clearly he sees him as a usefully indistinct figure who can successfully unite the right and left wings of his party. As Clegg reads this book — and much of it is addressed directly to him — he will rub his hands with a rising sense of hope and anticipation.

18/05/2013

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