On Monday night, all new Conservative MPs were summoned to a meeting with the chief whip in Portcullis House.
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 plangent expression larded with clichés, one starts to wonder what the point is in going on.
New Labour Islington is no more – it is now an area for Tory-voting bankers
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.
The audiotape of Alan Clark’s Diaries — barely mentioned in this rather Dr Watsonish, sensible shoe of a biography — is well worth hearing.
Attlee’s Great Contemporaries: The Politics of Character, edited by Frank Field