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The Rivals: The Intimate Story of a Political Marriage
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2001
As a pre-eminent Scottish journalist and presenter of the Today programme, Naughtie has probably had more access to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor than is permitted to most by the media conscious New Labour machine. His assessment of both politicians underlines the author's and the principal characters' Scottish roots. He underlines the essential differences in the forces that shaped them - conservative, middle class background of Blair- Fettes College in Edinburgh was chosen for his secondary education because his wealthy father could afford what was considered by some to be the best school in the country. Brown's caring, Parish minister father made the only possible choice in the community where he worked - the local comprehensive, Kirkcaldy High.
That dichotomy is apparent, Naughtie argues, throughout their political development.
Little new is revealed about the supposed pact on the death of John Smith; indeed the raison d'etre of the work is its absence and the guardedness of each in exercising the paramaters of their office in both theri political and personal exchanges. Fascinating reading for political groupies wanting to learn more of Britain's most powerful politician and his relationship with the Prime Minister.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2002
whether you're a student of political history like me or just someone who is interested in our government this book is a must. Blair and Brown have one of the closest political relationships ever seen - or so it seems. This book shows how they work as a partnership and how two men so different can be so close. an absolutely fascinating read......BUY IT
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book gives an indepth account of the way the two leaders grew up and rode to power. Their two ideologies intertwine and were the basis for the new beliefs of the Laour Party. This book provides the ader with informatin about thetark differneces between the twwo politicians and the conflicts tehy have encountered during their friendship. This book gets behind theublic unified image and exposes teh gripes and differences these two men have. A must read for any ardent political observant.
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