The Fourth Lectern

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What if … UKIP were given a lectern in the debates in 2010?

They weren’t, of course. Not in our world. But in a world very similar to our own, where the tiniest of changes happened, they were. And things turned out rather differently …

Read "The Fourth Lectern" to see just how different it would have been.

Note: This book is a novella – a short novel (unlike its sequel, which is full-sized) More
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Words: 35,540
Language: British English
ISBN: 9781310553066

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Review by: Paul Samael on April 01, 2015 :
This is an interesting and well executed counterfactual about what might have happened if the anti-EU UK Independence Party had been included in the 2010 pre-election TV debates. And if you are thinking to yourself, well, it probably wouldn't have made all that much difference, just recall the impact that Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg made in those debates - at one point, I believe, he was more popular than Winston Churchill ! (Ah, how times change...). It does assume you are quite into UK politics - so if names like Steve Hilton and Stuart Wheeler mean nothing to you, you may struggle a bit. And for me, some of the passages about the actual election night dragged a bit (too many constituency names...). However, on the strength of this I went onto read the novel-length sequel, "The Fifth Lectern," which I also very much enjoyed and have reviewed in more detail here:
(review of free book)

Review by: Edward Feery on Nov. 21, 2014 :
This is an excellent romp through an alternate 2010 election - a world that, oddly enough, isn't that different to what we might be looking at just a few months from now. Although told primarily from the viewpoint of Conservative Party characters, this is actually a pretty even-handed look at the ups and downs of a General Election - and an invitingly-written one to boot. A good introduction to alternate history, and a must for anyone looking at British Politics and asking themselves "What If?"
(reviewed long after purchase)

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