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Long-winded, drab autobiography
on 5 April 2015
I generally enjpy political autobiographies but this is one of the drabber ones. I enjoy detail but this is too detailed and, too often on sunjects such as Europe, Major delivers a painfully drawn-out blow-by-blow account when highlights would serve the reader better. For a man who claims not to be ideologically driven, he seems strangely antagonistic to other points of view. The end chapters in particular portray a man who is more than a little bitter and happy to blame everyone but himself for his administrations failings, when it is increasingly obvious to this reader is that the main failing was lack of, or weak, leadership. One saving grace though, his observations about the dilution of the role or parliament, Blair's autocratic approach, and the risks of devolution by the constituent parts of the UK are strangely prophetic.