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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

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

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

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