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Politics (UK)

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Politics: After the cuts, a growth strategy – this is an electoral as well as economic plan

23 October 2010

On Monday night, all new Conservative MPs were summoned to a meeting with the chief whip in Portcullis House. On Monday night, all new Conservative MPs were summoned to a… Read more

Left out

16 October 2010

New Labour Islington is no more – it is now an area for Tory-voting bankers When I grew up in Islington in the 1980s and 90s, there was a reliable… Read more

Fair is foul

16 October 2010
Them and Us: Politics, Greed ad Inequality Will Hutton

Little Brown, pp.448, 20

By the time one has waded to page 22 of Them and Us, through what may most politely be described as a stream of consciousness, assailed by random thoughts and… Read more

Straining for effect

29 September 2010
Decline & Fall Chris Mullin

Profile, pp.443, 20

A saint of self-deprecation, Chris Mullin closed the first volume of his diaries A View from the Foothills ‘contemplating oblivion’ after his dismissal from ministerial office. A saint of self-deprecation,… Read more

Was his diary his downfall?

30 September 2009
Alan Clark: The Biography Ion Trewin

Weidenfeld, pp.500, 25

The audiotape of Alan Clark’s Diaries — barely mentioned in this rather Dr Watsonish, sensible shoe of a biography — is well worth hearing. The audiotape of Alan Clark’s Diaries… Read more

Modesty in words and work

24 June 2009
Attlee’s Great Contemporaries: The Politics of Character Frank Field (editor)

Continuum, pp.224, 16.99

Attlee’s Great Contemporaries: The Politics of Character, edited by Frank Field This book consists of a 50-page introduction in which Frank Field, shrewdly though large- ly in eulogistic vein, analyses… Read more