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5.0 out of 5 stars Does Parliament ever change?
A not altogether unsurprising (well, not if you read the newspapers) view of Parliament and its strange inhabitants. Look, for example, at Jerry Hayes' first encounter with David Mellor then fast forward 31 years to November 2014 and Mellor's reported encounter with a taxi driver. No change there, then. All in all, a fascinating insight into life in and out of the Commons...
Published 28 days ago by Peter Dew

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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not political
This is a romp through the life of Jerry Hayes in Parliament, the Bar and the Media. Comparisons with Alan Clark's Diaries are farfetched to say the least - I doubt that Hayes is actually all that interested in the process and policy of politics. It's a lightweight book with plenty of witty anecdotes much like memoirs written by rock stars and other show business people...
Published 9 months ago by peter macnab


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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not political, 29 Mar 2014
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This is a romp through the life of Jerry Hayes in Parliament, the Bar and the Media. Comparisons with Alan Clark's Diaries are farfetched to say the least - I doubt that Hayes is actually all that interested in the process and policy of politics. It's a lightweight book with plenty of witty anecdotes much like memoirs written by rock stars and other show business people. Overpriced, worth a read for the laughs, but that's about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does Parliament ever change?, 27 Nov 2014
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A not altogether unsurprising (well, not if you read the newspapers) view of Parliament and its strange inhabitants. Look, for example, at Jerry Hayes' first encounter with David Mellor then fast forward 31 years to November 2014 and Mellor's reported encounter with a taxi driver. No change there, then. All in all, a fascinating insight into life in and out of the Commons from somebody who obviously enjoyed his time there. Worth reading if you are at all interested in politics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected MP, 10 May 2014
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Very very funnŷ. It gives an expected insight into the workings of parliament and the personalities of various MPs which I found fascinating. Jerry Hayes is a more serious character than he likes you to think. I bought this very full price close to publication and it was worth every penny
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, 20 April 2014
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A great read, very funny, fast-moving and somewhat shocking. Once I started reading it I found I couldn't put it down. Who would ever want to be an MP?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun, 16 April 2014
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Tells you how the interface between MPs and journalists really works from both sides. Lots of salacious gossip. Recalls a political era.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Hayes - a collection of brief anecdotes., 24 July 2014
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Have read half of this entertaining collection of anecdotes. Little attempt at a narrative or deeper political insight, if you can recall Rory Bremner's zany TV political sketches of the 1990's and lump them together at random you're in the right sort of territory, rather than, say, an Alan Clarke diary. Definitely "politican in a pub" style which might lead to a suspicion that his escapades in the corridors of the House might be egged up a bit. However I stand to be corrected, not inhabiting this strange world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Westminster worries, 26 July 2014
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A good romp through the House of Commons,where Hayes confirms that,at least in his day(and no doubt at the present time)the lunatics are in charge of the assylum.Quite a few eye opening tales of the escapades of the people we elect to "represent"us.I enjoyed it very much until he had some half nice things about Jeremy Hunt,at which point I began to doubt his sanity.This book is well worth a read if only to be convinced of the real value we get from our "honourable" members.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing, 14 April 2014
I was genuinely stunned by this work of fiction. To have given it an autobiographical format is absolute genius. Jeffrey Archer will be green with envy at the sweeping style and imaginative scope of this new writer. The chapter describing his 1989 trip to Colombia with the soon to be ex Leader of the US Senate is the funniest thing I have ever read. Look forward to the sequel(s)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, 21 Mar 2014
No dry repetition of political facts perhaps actually gives an oh too human face about MPs. Well worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, well written and downright scurrilous, 15 Sep 2014
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Funny, well written and downright scurrilous. Thought provoking, although less assured when trying to defend things like MP's pay and conditions which doesn't garner much sympathy, but thankfully that was only a very small part of the book. Overall well recommended.
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