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The Alternative

The Alternative

The 2015 election result was a disaster for progressives in British politics, delivering a majority Conservative government at Westminster. And the outlook for the next election is not auspicious either, particularly amid the aftershocks of the momentous 2016 EU referendum result and with possible boundary changes in the offing. There is a growing recognition, however, that cross-party cooperation among the progressives could reinvigorate politics and inspire a credible alternative to the Conservatives. Those who want a good society can and must work together. With contributions from a broad range of left and centre-left voices The Alternative sets out a base of core values around which progressives can unite, proposes a number of big policy ideas that embody those values and, crucially, explores an urgently needed new form of politics to achieve them.

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The Margaret Thatcher Colouring Book

The Margaret Thatcher Colouring Book

For anyone who's ever wanted to express their feelings for Lady Thatcher through the medium of colouring inNow, at long last, The Margaret Thatcher Colouring Book offers our proud do-it-yourself nation the chance to decorate the Iron Lady in the technicolour magnificence she deserves. Featuring a cast of luminaries including Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan, General Pinochet and Jeremy Corbyn, this brief, beautiful and completely inaccurate illustrated biography of Britain's first female Prime Minister promises hours of creative gratification. Whether your burning passion for the great lady was first inspired by her staunch defence of British industry, her forthright approach to the miners' strike or her enthusiasm for cutting public spending, The Margaret Thatcher Colouring Book has it all. *CRAYONS NOT INCLUDED to protect your freedom of choice.

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Politics and Pragmatism

Politics and Pragmatism

Sir Malcolm Rifkind's political career has been as glittering as it has been long-lived. As a minister for eighteen years he has seen longer uninterrupted service than anyone since Lord Palmerston in the early nineteenth century. During some of the most turbulent years of the late twentieth century, he had a ringside seat at Margaret Thatcher's historic summit with President Gorbachev, was in charge of British troops during the Bosnian conflict, helped change Polish history during the Cold War, and held secret negotiations on the Falklands with the Argentinians. For his robustness against the Kremlin's aggression in Ukraine, he is currently banned from Russia by President Putin. Now, from the man himself, comes the inside story of all those affairs and more. Power and Pragmatism is the shrewd, humorous and frank memoir of a genuine political heavyweight.

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Substance and Spin

Substance and Spin

Why does policy succeed or fail? Nick Raynsford, a former MP, Minister and campaigner, tells us how it looks from the front line of policymaking. Based on his vast personal experience at the very heart of government and the voluntary sector, Raynsford explores what works and what doesn't in making and implementing policy and legislation. He gives an 'insider's view' on a range of events. Some not previously made public, including the botched 1980s reform of Housing Benefit and fitful regeneration in the Thames Gateway in the 2000s. Bringing it right up-to-date, he explores various devolution plans leading up to the so-called 'Northern Powerhouse'. Offering solutions as to how obstacles in policymaking and implementation can be overcome which will help to restore trust and much-needed confidence in government and the political process, this is a fascinating bridge across the policy and practice divide.

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The History Book

The History Book

The History Book is a fascinating journey through the most significant events in history and the big ideas behind each one, from the dawn of civilization to the lightning-paced culture of today. As part of DK's award-winning Big Ideas Simply Explained series, The History Book uses infographics and images to explain key ideas and themes. Biographies of key leaders, thinkers, and warriors, from Julius Caesar to Barack Obama, offer insight into their lives and further historical insight into these world-changing episodes.The History Book makes the past 4,000 years of history accessible and provides enlightenment on the forces that shaped the world as we know it today, for students and history buffs alike.

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After the Storm

After the Storm

Vince Cable's bestselling book, The Storm, explored and explained the causes of the 2008 world economic crisis and how Britain should respond to the great challenges it brought. In After the Storm, Cable, who was Business Secretary in the 2010-2015 Coalition Government, provides a unique perspective on the state of the global financial markets and how the British economy has fared since 2008. Providing a previously unreported inside view of the Coalition, After the Storm offers a carefully considered perspective on how the British economy should be managed over the next decade and beyond. This timely book is a fascinating and urgent intervention from one of the key figures in British politics of the past two decades.

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Credible & True

Credible & True

Early in the morning of 4 March 2015, a fierce knock at the door heralded the start of a new chapter in Harvey Proctor's almost continuous relationship with the police and media, when officers from the Metropolitan Police raided his home in connection with Operation Midland, Scotland Yard's investigation into allegations of a historic Westminster paedophile ring. In Credible and True - words famously used by the police to describe the allegations of Proctor's traducer - the former Conservative MP talks frankly about his life in and out of Parliament, from the struggles and controversy surrounding his resignation in 1987 to the numerous homophobic attacks endured since. Finally, he speaks candidly about his most recent embroilment in Operation Midland, of being the victim of a 'homosexual witch-hunt' that has all but destroyed his reputation.

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Order, Order!

Order, Order!

What do Tony Blair, Richard Nixon, William Pitt the Younger, Joseph Stalin, Nigel Farage and most voters have in common? Booze. Experience of the pleasures and pitfalls of drink. Britain's first Prime Minister, Robert Walpole, smuggled wine up the Thames with the help of the Navy. Three centuries later Tony Blair confessed that a stiff drink and half a bottle of wine a night had become a helpful crutch while in office. The disintegration of Richard Nixon and Boris Yeltsin was largely down to drink. But why did these politicians drink and what was their tipple of choice? Ben Wright, political correspondent for the BBC, explores the history of alcohol within politics, often based on his own experiences supping with politicians in Westminster bars. Order, Order! uses alcohol as a lens through which to meet a remarkable cast of politicians. It is about the complexity of the human condition and the pull of the bottle.

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