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Dirty politics, Dirty times: My fight with Wapping and New Labour [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Michael Ashcroft
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  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: MAA Publishing; 1st edition (11 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904734111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904734116
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,127,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lord Ashcroft describes his battle with "The Times" newspaper concerning his business career and involvement in politics. This book is part autobiography and part business book.

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By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is Lord Ashcroft's readable and interesting autobiography, which concentrates on his account of the attacks on his reputation by a combination of New Labour spin-doctors seeking to damage the Conservative Party and Times Newspaper journalists seeking to create a story.

One of the worst legacies of the last fifteen years or so has been the extent that British politics and public life has become dominated by the tactics of personal destruction. Too many politicians on the left, right, and centre of the political spectrum have used attacks on the personal integrity of people who disagree with them or who are their rivals for office as a routine political tactic.

The New Labour leadership have probably been the worst offenders from even before they were running the country, but they are far from being the only ones, and this book sheds an interesting light on how much some parts of the press have to answer for.

Lord Michael Ashcroft is a self-made billionaire who has a strong involvement in politics both in Britain and Belize where he has business interests and spends a lot of his time. During the main timeframe of the book he was Treasurer of the Conservative Party. He was giving the party a large amount of his time, and sums of money which would be considerable to most people but which to him were almost certainly worth much less than the time.

From 1999 to 2001 Labour spin doctors, and the Times Newspaper, launched a strong attack on Michael Ashcroft's integrity. Eventually most of the charges made against him were either disproved or withdrawn.
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