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Secret Society: Inside - and Outside - the Conservative Party Paperback – 10 Oct 1996

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Indigo; 1st Paperback Edition edition (10 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575400722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575400726
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.8 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fascinating insight into the upper echelons of power.

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Emma Nicholson, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, is a British politician. Formerly the Conservative then Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Torridge and West Devon, she is a now life peer.

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Format: Paperback
On page 143 E.N. writes, "In autumn 1989, I was struggling to get across to Mrs Thatcher the view that married non-working women should be allowed a poll-tax rebate."

While on the previous page (142), "By 1996 [just before "New" Labour came to power] 83 per cent of those polled nationally declared that they did not believe anything the Government [of John Major] said. Neither did I."

And then they voted in Tony Blair...

So much better than Sarah Brown's Behind the Black Door: Page 223 (hardback), "Monday 29th September. Home again, and Gordon brings his familiar big bag of papers and hand-written notes with to the flat and continues working."

Notes must have said: Keep repeating "no more boom and bust"; plan to steal hundreds of people's shares with Victor Blank; praise Alan Greenspan even more; blame Alistair Darling for everything; remind myself I am an economic genius.

Strangely over-priced purchase (£2.49) in a charity shop of a woman, like Winston Churchill, who happily switched parties when it suited her. "Emma Nicholson's defection drove another nail into the coffin of a discredited government [John Major's]. SECRET SOCIETY tells how and why."

But does it? The book finishes with some letters from disgruntled Tories at the time. Stephen McBride from London (is he still alive?) writes, "If Members of Parliament of all political parties were to follow your (E.N.'s] example and obey their conscience as opposed to the whip, then our democracy would be a healthier one."

We have a democracy?

A.M.
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