This is an excellent account of how the wheels of government rotate. Bernard Donoghue is very much to the right of the Labour Party and seems bemused why his economic logic is not accepted by those to the left. His failure to understand their principles, putting it down to simply plotting thier own future political careers show he never grasped the principles of politics. However it does shine a light on the subsequent turmoil in the Labour Party and why things fell apart. The only time Bernard becomes angry is towards the end of the Labour Government where he clearly resents the ability of the trade unions to represent their members effectively than a minority government could represent the people. The only time he shows any vitriol is towards local govenrment workers, despite regularly being confronted by the duplicity of the senior civil servants who continued to run Government behind the scenes. It all makes for facinating reading. Jim Callaghan does come well out of this as does Roy Hattersley which probably explains the latters positive review of the account!! But if you want to understand government and if you want to understand why Labour was out of power for so long this, along with Bernards` Wilson Diaries, is the place to start.