Lawson , the Chancellor that Margaret Thatcher lauded and then chose to ignore by consulting Alan Walters, whose alternative advisory role was the cause of Lawson's resignation, is an economist who had a clear, I don't say correct, view of the principles behind what he did. That is to say he had an economic theory that guided and gave consistency to what he did. In that respect he was a man of ideas, unlike Thatcher who was a magpie with no overall theory. His book includes an excellent chapter on his economic principles and is rigorous and entertaining. He is an intellectual and this is a book of ideas and economic principles. He describes the arrangements made in preparation for the miners' strike - a planned confrontation - with some glee. As one of the principal players of the Thatcher years his book is a must-read account.