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A must read for followers of UK politics authored by a rising star of the right, 3 Jan. 2013
Ganesh's first major book is an excellent account of George Osborne's rapid ascent into one of the most powerful jobs on the planet. It is a must read for followers of current affairs in the UK.
The author's interviews with the Chancellor, his advisors and Cabinet colleagues makes for a compelling - and at times humorous- insiders account of his life to date.
The formative years section is like a case study of how a privileged upbringing and family connections can give someone such a fabulous head start in life. However, this is far from a 'silver spoon' story. The Chancellor's hard work, determination, good judgement and appetite for taking calculated political risks are all articulated as key ingredients in his recipe for his prodigious rise up the political ladder. The author does touch on - but not in as much detail as he could have- the Chancellor's personality traits (and evident self-awareness of) such as his perceived smugness.
Enviably the book focuses on Osborne's response to the financial crisis whilst in Opposition and then in Government. At times this reads as more of a political historical account of the last few years rather than an overly forensic look at Osborne's specific role. Ganesh gently outlines rather than probes the pertinent questions. These include why as Shadow Chancellor he didn't consider the possibility of economic growth falling, why he didn't have a plan for increasing growth when in power or indeed why the Conservatives didn't get a full majority at the polls in 2010.
Much like the biography a young Michael Gove published on Michael Portillo in 1995 the author is, at still only 30, a rising star of the right. This might explain a reluctance to be too harsh on Osborne, who after all, may well challenge for the Leadership of Conservative party toward the end of the decade. This will be dependent on the Austerity Chancellor's economic plan succeeding.