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The Castle Diaries 1964-1976 Paperback – Abridged, Sep 1990


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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (Sep 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333499492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333499498
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Knott on 8 Nov 2010
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Barbara Castle was a member of the Labour Government from 1963 to 1970 and again from 1974 to 1976. At that point a change of Prime Minister meant the end of her ministerial career which had coverd several very contentious pieces of legislation. These range from her time as Minister of Transport when she introduced the breathalyser to her legislation to bring some areas of the Trade Unions under the law, mostly thwarted by her own party it has to be said. Her final job was as Minister of Health and Social Security, held in the last Labour Government by Richard Crossman whose diaries covering the years 1963-70 are the best of their kind. It is fascinating to compare the two diaries to see how two people in the same meeting have a totally different vision of what happened and how it went!

The writer has a tendency to ramble somewhat and often gets sidetracked onto not very interesting points which no doubt seemed important at the time. Like many of these diaries, unless you are a student of politics, you will find it hard going unless you lived through the years covered as I did. Names are dropped in of those who must have seemed like giants in the politics of the time but whose name is now completely unknown to most people. Perhaps this serves as a good lesson about those who loom so large today in our minds, and what their ultimate fate will be in history!
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It is fascinating to know what she was thinking when she took on the doctors in 1975. A good read
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