LibLink: two pieces in New Statesman

Two pieces in the New Statesman have crossed my desk recently, and I thought I’d pass them on.

First, a quick Q&A with Lib Dem peer Julia Neuberger, including this rather positive outlook:

Are we all doomed?
Absolutely not! Not only are we not doomed, we’ve got a bloody great responsibility to turn things around when we feel as if we are.

Me, I always feel as if the Eco-Apocalypse is just around the corner.

And secondly, David Laws pens a piece in reply to Andrew Adonis’s review of his book.

I am one of those many politicians across all parties who admire Andrew Adonis. If I didn’t, I would not feel the need to respond to his review of my account of the formation of the Lib Dem-Conservative coalition in last week’s New Statesman. Andrew suggested that I have written a “highly informative [but] highly partisan” account, before plunging into a highly partisan review of my book. Indeed, he has produced not so much a review as a conspiracy theory, propped up by a few selective quotes.

Those links in full:

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  • I think stating that a politician has written a highly partisan book is a bit like stating the Pope held a highly Christian viewpoint……

    Of course Laws presents the view from the Lib dem perspective and whatever his motives it would be impossible not to be partisan. And of course Adonis is going to present an equally partisan response.

    Once we get the Labour version out to join the Tory and Lib Dem ones I guess we can start to piece together the whole affair but we’ll never really know the motives of those involved.

  • I am one of the many members of the public who admire politicians who do not cheat on their expenses. I may have severe criticisms of Nick Clegg but unlike Cameron and Miliband he has had the good sense and judgement not to claim expenses in this current round since the election or get entangled in serious expenses misdemeanors which are still the subject of an investigation.

    Sense and judgement which David Laws self-evidently lacks with his continuing self-regarding quest for fame and headlines.

  • Bob’s toilet roll must have been very “long and strong”!

    The Pope seems to be making an extraordinary number of appearances on LDV recently. Why?

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