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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden A Short Guide to Modern Politics, the Coalition and the General Election

by John Crace

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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden A Short Guide to Modern Politics, the Coalition and the General Election Synopsis

Exactly a week after the general election, two men - 'Call me Dave' and 'Call me Nick' - walked side by side into the rose garden of No. 10 Downing Street to give their first press-conference as Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, looking for all the world like men in love. It was a romance in which people wanted to believe. But it was also one that people couldn't help but mistrust. Most unnerving, however, was the sense that they both couldn't quite believe their luck. Cameron: I can't believe it. All those people out there just for us...Clegg: I know. It's mad, isn't it? I have to keep pinching myself as well. Cameron: Go on say it again...Clegg: What? Cameron: Call me Prime Minister...The storms the Dave and Nick partnership would have to face (same sex marriage, plebgate, triple dip recession, riots...) were then unclear. Now, almost five years on, this up-to-the-minute portrait of Westminster and the forthcoming General Election exposes the realities of the Coalition, while offering an indispensible guide to a half-decade of madness: Foreign Policy - The new 'special relationship' - William Hague and Angelina Jolie; The Economy - Osborne finally cracks it: boom in London; bust everywhere else; Immigration - should the entire population of Bulgaria pick strawberries for us?; and The Opposition - how Labour got the wrong Miliband. Includes: UKIP, PPI, ISIS and other dubious acronyms; and The countdown to the General Election 2015: five years of planning since the last one. Insightful, painful, very funny, this is a must-read for all of us with a vote, whichever side we thought we were on.

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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden A Short Guide to Modern Politics, the Coalition and the General Election Press Reviews

'Crace has a secret weapon in his armoury when he tells the story of the coalition and modern politics: his imaginary accounts of conversations between the people in power. They leave you thinking: So THAT's how it was! It's a rare gift. And it's very funny.' John Humphrys

 

'I thoroughly enjoyed this funny, informative account of the coalition. He reminds us that under every rose garden is a steaming great pile of manure.' -- John O'Farrell Twitter

 

'Loved John Crace's new, wry look at the coalition I Never Promised You a Rose Garden . A GREAT Xmas present.' -- Martha Lane Fox Twitter

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ISBN: 9780552171229
Publication date: 09/04/2015
Publisher: Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780593074381
Publication date: 06/11/2014
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552171229
Publication date: 9th April 2015
Author: John Crace
Publisher: Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Humour, The Real World,
Categories: Gift books, Politics & government, Humour,

About John Crace

John Crace is a staff feature writer for the Guardian, where he is best known for the literary pastiche 'Digested Read'. He has also written several books, including Vertigo: One Football Fan's Fear of Success. He lives in south-west London but travels to N17 for every home game.

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