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The Little Red Book of New Labour Sleaze [Paperback]

Iain Dale , Guido Fawkes
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25 May 2006
The first book ever written by UK political bloggers. Edited by Iain Dale ( and Guido Fawkes ( the book details 100 instances of Labour sleaze since 1997. Containing a 'sleazeometer' the book includes chapters on Lord Irvine's wallpaper, John Prescott's Cocktail Sausage, Alastair Campbell's lies, Peter Mandelson's double resignation, Ron Davies's badger watching and 'moment of madness' and much much more. If you want to annoy Tony Blair, buying this book will achieve it.

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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: 1,327,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Iain Dale is one of Britain's leading political commentators and bloggers and a presenter on LBC Radio. He is contributing editor for GQ Magazine, writes for the Daily Telegraph, and pens a fortnightly diary for the Eastern Daily Press. He was the chief anchor of Britain's first political internet TV channel, 18 Doughty and is now the publisher of the monthly magazine, TOTAL POLITICS. He is also managing director of Biteback Publishing.

Iain also writes for The Spectator, the New Statesman, the House Magazine and Parliamentary Monitor, as well as contributing weekly to The Guardian's CommentIsFree. He is a newspaper reviewer for both Sky News and the BBC News Channel and appears on regularly on Today and Newsnight.

'Very few indeed are better informed than Iain Dale - his style may be easygoing and humorous but his mind is like a meat-cleaver' - Andrew Marr

Iain is Britain's leading political blogger with more than 130,000 individual readers each month. Iain is a widely respected and accomplished broadcaster, political commentator and raconteur.

Iain stood as a Conservative candidate at the last election and was Chief of Staff to the Rt Hon David Davis MP in the 2005 Conservative Party leadership election. He is a former political lobbyist, financial journalist and publisher and was the founder of Politico's Bookstore. He is the creator and host of the theatre production A Night With Ann Widdecombe, which tours provincial theatres all round the country. He is Director of the Conservative History Group and co-director of the Campaign for Fixed Term Parliaments. Iain is also a vocal proponent of an English Parliament.

Iain is an accomplished public speaker, and has just been signed up by the Specialist Speakers
speakers agency. He is much in demand for both set-piece speeches on current affairs, as well as humorous after dinner speeches.

He is a former financial journalist with Lloyds List, and was a political lobbyist before setting up his own political bookselling and publishing company, Politico's, in the late 1990s. He was a presenter of Radio 5 Live's Sunday Service programme alongside Fi Glover and Charlie Whelan from 2000 to 2004, and presented 5 Live's 2001 election night documentary Counting Chickens. He has also appeared on Radio 4's Any Questions.

The following are among his programme credits: Any Questions,Andrew Marr Show, Newsnight, Breakfast with Frost, Today Programme, Simon Mayo Show, Question Time Extra, 5 Live Breakfast, 5 Live Drive, Victoria Derbyshire, the Jon Gaunt Show, The Panel (Irish equivalent of Have I Got News for You), Steve Wright Show, The Sandy Toksvig LBC Show, Between the Lines (Press TV), News at Ten and the Iain Dale Show on PlayRadioUK. He presented 17 hours of radio coverage of the 2009 local and European elections.

Iain has written or edited more than twenty books including Margaret Thatcher: A Tribute in Words & Pictures, the Little Book of Boris, 500 of the Most Acerbic, Witty & Erudite Things Ever Said About Politics.

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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

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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
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Red Book of New Labour Sleaze 23 April 2007
By Oli
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Bloggers' view from the public gallery 4 Feb 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Worthwhile 29 May 2006
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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