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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Politico's Media (25 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904734162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904734161
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 14.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,580,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Iain Dale is best known for his award winning LBC Drivetime show, his political blog Iain Dale's Diary (founded in 2002) and for his frequent appearances on UK news channels as a political commentator. Since September 2010, he has hosted a regular show on LBC, firstly in the evening slot and since March 2013 he has presented the LBC Drivetime show each weekday between 4 and 8pm.
In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Radio Presenter of the Year award in the Arquivas and in May 2014 won a Silver Sony Award for Interview of the Year.
He is also a publisher, broadcaster and former Conservative Party politician. He is Managing Director of Biteback Publishing and was the founder of Total Politics Magazine, which he sold to Dod's in December 2012.
He appears on Sky News every other Wednesday evening, alongside Anna Botting and Jacqui Smith previewing the next day's papers. He is also a regular presenter of Radio 4's What the Papers Say and a panellist on the BBC2 show the Daily Politics and Radio 4's Any Questions.
Dale was educated at Ashdon County Primary School, Saffron Walden County High School, and obtained a 2(i) BA Honours degree in German, Linguistics, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the University of East Anglia in 1985. Prior to going to university he spent his gap year as a nursing assistant at the Werner Wicker Klinik in West Germany. During his degree course he spent a year teaching English at the Gymnasium Besigheim.
He was Research Assistant to the Conservative MP Patrick Thompson, 1985-87, Public Affairs Manager for the British Ports Federation 1987-89, Financial Journalist with Lloyd's List 1989-90, and then Deputy Managing Director of The Waterfront Partnership & Managing Director of The Waterfront Conference Company 1990-96.
In 1997, he opened Politico's Bookstore and Coffee House in Westminster, selling a mix of political books, memorabilia and novelty items. The shop spawned sister publishing and web design businesses using the Politico's brand. He founded Politico's Publishing in 1998, and sold it in 2003 to Methuen Publishing. In 2004, Dale announced the closure of the walk-in book shop and relocated the business to Kent as a mail-order operation. In 2012 Dale relaunched Politico's online as part of the Biteback Publishing business.
Dale's blog, entitled Iain Dale's Diary, had been one of the most widely-read political blogs in the UK. It was nominated by The Guardian for the Political Blog of the Year Award in 2005. In 2009 he was named Online Commentator of the Year in the Ei Comment Awards. On December 14, 2010, Dale announced that he was quitting both blogging at Iain Dale's Diary and party politics. He launched Dale & Co, a multi-authored blog platform in July 2011 but closed it in early December 2012, when he relaunched Iain Dale's Diary. He continues to author a blog entitled West Ham Till I Die where he writes on West Ham United.
Dale's fortnightly comment column for The Daily Telegraph, which he began writing in February 2007, was discontinued in January 2009. He has also written for The Guardian, The Independent, GQ Magazine, The Spectator and the New Statesman and has made frequent appearances on TV news and political shows, including Any Questions and the Andrew Marr Show. For six years he wrote a fortnightly column for the Eastern Daily Press.
He formerly presented Planet Politics on Oneword Radio, and occasionally appeared on Sunday Service on Radio 5 Live. He was also chief presenter on the now defunct internet TV station 18 Doughty Street.
Dale was used as a stand in presenter for London radio station LBC 97.3 during the first nine months of 2010 after doing a couple of test programs with other journalists. He co-presented LBC's six hour election night programme on 7 May 2010, with Gaby Hinsliff. In May and June 2010 he presented the Petrie Hosken, Clive Bull, James Max and Jeni Barnett phone in shows, and on 22 June 2010 fronted LBC's budget coverage. In late July 2010 Dale started a six week stint on LBC covering for Petrie Hosken and Andrew Pierce, which later turned into a regular show, and has been the weekly evening presenter ever since (7pm to 10pm). In April 2012 he started presenting LBC's Sunday morning politics show. In March 2013 he was promoted to the Drivetime slot between 4 and 8pm weekdays.
In May 2005, Dale stood in the general election as Conservative candidate for Norfolk North, losing to the Liberal Democrat incumbent, Norman Lamb; Lamb was elected with a 10,000 plus majority as opposed to 483 at the previous election, which he fought against David Prior. Subsequently Dale acted as chief of staff to the losing leadership candidate David Davis in the run-up to the 2005 Conservative Party leadership campaign. In August 2006, it was confirmed that he had been added to the Conservative 'Priority List' of candidates to fight the next general election. However his ambitions were further frustrated in 2007 when he applied for the Conservative candidacy for the safe seat Maidstone and The Weald, but failed to get past the first interview stage.
In October 2009 he ran for selection for the Conservative safe seat of Bracknell in order to succeed Andrew MacKay, who stepped down at the 2010 general election. Dale came third in the run off ballot behind Rory Stewart and the eventual winner Dr Philip Lee.
On 17 June 2010 Dale announced on his blog that he was resigning from the Conservative Party candidates list and would not be standing at any forthcoming parliamentary election.
Iain has edited, written or compiled more than 30 books.

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From the Publisher

of power but to do a job and to uphold the highest
standards in public life." Tony Blair, May 1997

"I think that most people who have dealt with me think
that I am a pretty straight sort of guy – and I am." Tony Blair, November 1997, On the Record

"Their politics without conscience brought fascination
to begin with, then admiration; next it will bring
disillusion; finally it will being contempt." William Hague, October 1997

From the Author

From Iain Dale:

The last week of April 2006 saw the political equivalent of a ‘Perfect Storm’. Patricia Hewitt was booed by nurses, Charles Clarke was in trouble over foreign prisoners who had not been deported, John Prescott had been exposed for
bonking his cocktail sausage eating diary secretary and in the most bizarre twist of all,cannabis was found in the home of Defence Secretary, Dr John Reid. This followed a
month of dire publicity for New Labour over cash for Peerages. Could it get worse for Tony Blair? Yes. Guido Fawkes and I announced the publication of this book.
My fellow blogger Guido Fawkes emailed me on the evening of 30th April to suggest writing this book. The idea immediately appealed but we needed to catch
the wave of the rising tide of scandals that were threatening to engulf Tony Blair. So we decided to ask our friends in the world of political blogdom to help us write the book. The response was terrific and the book was printed and in the bookshops within three weeks of Guido first coming up with the idea. Phew! It’s the first time
a book has been written entirely by bloggers.
I’d like to thank Beau Bo D’or ( for designing the front cover and Hoby for the cartoons.
There is a website to accompany the book at newlaboursleaze.It couldn’t
be anything else with around 70 contributors. We hope you enjoy it.

From Guido Fawkes:
As another wave of New Labour sleaze washed up over the rotting body politic
like yesterday’s sewage, Tony Blair again made another attempt to make out that it was not as bad as the bad old Tory days. But it is worse I thought. At least the Tories didn’t get up to hanky-panky on government premises, in government time at our expense with the taxpayer getting screwed as well as the semi-naked civil servant. Someone should really document it all so that the next time Tony claimed he was a "straight kinda guy" they would have the evidence to prove him wrong. Intoxicated with that idea I emailed Iain Dale, knowing he had been keeping a close eye on developments and knows a thing or two about books. The next morning he replied with a publishing timetable. It was his idea to garner the British political blogosphere into co-authoring it quickly to catch the zeitgeist. This book introduces a wealth of diverse new writers to the book reading public, as for most of our blogging co-authors this is the first time they have been in print on paper as opposed to pixels on screen. We have calculated that New Labour over nine years has produced a scandal a
month on average, with little time off for good behaviour, nevertheless within these pages we document everything; shady bungs from businessmen, lying lobbyists, ministers on the make, expenses fiddled and Loans for Lordships made. So next time Tony Blair stands up to say New Labour is "whiter than white", you can throw this little red book at him.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G.Bennet on 5 May 2007
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A handy little pocket sized quick reference guide to the facts of all those dozens and dozens of New Labour scandals that have regularly slipped through the headlines over the last 10 years.

Very useful indeed if you can't quite now remember what they were all about, or want to refresh your memory of some of your old favorites.

Our libel laws keep the accounts within the limits of factual accuracy and 'fair comment.' And I did not read any part that did not seem to accurately reflect what I'd been hearing and reading in the media at the time the scandal was making the headlines.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Oli on 23 April 2007
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Infuriating. Although light-hearted, this book proves just how useless and corrupt the whole New Labour project is. Anyone who (still) whinges about the sleaze of the Major years and/or actually thinks Blair is a good PM should read this book. The depths of incompetence reached by New Labour ministers is frankly scary (Steve 'Pants' Byers comes to mind)! You could almost feel sorry for them. Of course it's biased to the right, but it sure as hell ensures I'll never be voting Labour! Thoroughly recommended and good for the coffee table.
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A good entre into the politics of the Blair era, but needs updating now. Because it is written by bloggers (and is extracted from blog posts) it also lacks a bit of detail, though the narrative builds fairly well to give a picture.
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18 of 27 people found the following review helpful By ed thomas on 29 May 2006
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Ok, first things first- I did actually write one teensy little contribution to this book, but I don't stand to make anything out of it and I have been reading it with general interest so I think I can write with some objectivity.

It's a very worthwhile book. Some contributions are funny; some very informative; some one wonders a little at, but that is a subjective thing I am sure.

Basically it's a book with a lot of recent history compressed into its pages. It's a book which puts politics in the palm of your hand. It hasn't a beginning, middle or end, and you most probably won't read from beginning to end, but you will pick it up again and again and by the end you will get to know it quite well. It's an excellent coffee table book, really no matter what your politics are.

For basically it's not about politics Left and Right but about the nature of power in Britain at this specific time in history. It should be valuable to journalists, stimulating to lay people, instructive to historians. It's an artefact, and a pretty good one at that.
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