Lobster Issue 55 (Summer 2008) £££

[…] to prevent even modest journalistic inquiry and disclosure. At the time of the awards Marr was using his Sunday morning BBC show to press LibDem leader Nick Clegg for details of his private life. The other award given to Marr by the Broadcasting Press Guild in April was in recognition of his powers of […]

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Brands and Britannia: Some aspects of national image and identity

Lobster Issue 54 (Winter 2007/8) £££

[…] no national interest in promoting London’s Heathrow as a gateway to Britain. See Private Eye 27 September 2007. It is possible the intelligence reform highlighted by Nick Clegg MP has been stood down. He was quoted in The Times 11 September 2007 with a plan ‘which would mean a combined anti-terrorism intelligence force, answerable […]

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The view from the bridge

Lobster Issue 43 (Summer 2002) £££

[…] the secret state only used its techniques against the radical left, take heart! The Evening Standard Diary 13 June 2001 reported that the diaries of Private Lee Clegg, convicted for the murder of two joy riders in Northern Ireland, and a minor cause célèbre for the right and the British Army, disappeared in the […]

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‘Nobody told us we could do this’

Lobster Issue 64 (Winter 2012) FREE

[PDF file]: […] A good account of the political side can be found in Rob Wilson’s Five Days to Power (Biteback, 2010) which provides a thorough look at the Cameron- Clegg negotiations. Although a Conservative MP, Wilson’s narrative is not noticeably partisan (perhaps because he began his career in the Social Democratic Party ) and he provides […]

The view from the bridge

Lobster Issue 61 (Summer 2011) FREE

[PDF file]: […] A gap had opened between what the Liberal-Democrats were saying in their election campaign and its literature and what their leader was thinking. ‘Even during the election, Clegg had been moving on the issue – but without telling the electorate. He later told the BBC that he had changed his view during the general […]

Brexit: an accident waiting to happen

Lobster Issue 73 (Summer 2017) FREE

[PDF file]: […] T he position of those regretting recent developments in the UK is a mixture of public hand-wringing and private, desperate, sotto voce soundings-out of possible allies. Nick Clegg makes vague statements about wanting a Government of National Unity. But Clegg, who did a deal with the Conservatives in which very little was put in […]

The view from the bridge

Lobster Issue 68 (Winter 2014) FREE

[PDF file]: […] the commentators has struck me. A week or so after I wrote in the paragraph above, ‘But no mainstream British politician will argue for raising taxes’, Nick Clegg and Vince Cable of Liberal Democrats did just that. Cable went so far as to actually spell out the truth: ‘The truth is more taxes will […]

Gordon Brown: in the country of the blind…

Lobster Issue 60 (Winter 2010) FREE

[PDF file]: […] instance, that even if Brown had been re-elected in 2010 he would have pursued a programme of budget cuts not dissimilar to those adopted by Cameron and Clegg, but would have spread them out over a 49 Winter 2010 longer period of time. In this scenario what does the Labour Party stand for?24 Politics […]

Johnson at 10: The Inside Story

Lobster Issue 86 (2023) FREE
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[PDF file]: A fantasy Johnson Johnson at 10 The Inside Story Anthony Seldon and Raymond Newell London: Atlantic Books, 2023, £25, h/b John Newsinger Anthony Seldon begins his previous book on the history of the office of Prime Minister, The Impossible Office, with an imaginary discussion between Robert Walpole and Boris Johnson – the first and, at […]

All In It Together: England in the early 21st Century by Alwyn Turner

Lobster Issue 82 (Winter 2021) FREE

[PDF file]: […] across a decade and a half; and the parallel reversal of fortune for those ‘plausible young men’ who rose to the top of that society – Nick Clegg, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, David Miliband and the primus inter plausibiles, Tony Blair. ‘This was very much the modern trend: educated, metropolitan, 1 middle-class young men […]

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