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5.0 out of 5 stars An academic at No 10, 27 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Downing Street Diary: With Harold Wilson in No. 10 (Hardcover)
The Donoughue diaries of his time with both Wilson and Callaghan are as an intimate a portrait as you will get of the trials and tribulations of working at the centre of power. Donoughue is an academic with a common man's insight unlike many of the observations penned by those close to Blair. Unfortunately Mullin's notes whilst interesting are mundane as he was far from the decision making process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight, 30 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Downing Street Diary: With Harold Wilson in No. 10 (Hardcover)
This diary from Bernard Donoughue gives a great insight into the inner workings of Harold Wilson's last government. It is very readable and covers the period from the start of the election campaign until Wilson's last days in office. He gives very honest opinions of the frustrations of the job, with clashes with Marica Williams and the Civil Service being a constant distraction from actually developing policy. It seems almost incredible, as the author freely admits, how much effort was expended on trivialities rather than government. The picture it paints of Harold Wilson is rather sad, with a man clearly in decline (although at the time no one knew how ill he really was) and losing his zest for power and decision making. Whilst most of the events in the book are well known, and have been written about by many other people, this presents an interesting alternative, a man at the centre of decision making, but with no personal political ambition, giving a largely dispassionate view of people struggling to come to grips with a Britain in decline. I recommed this to anyone with an interest in the period
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