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fiction couldnt be as intriguing,
This review is from: The End of the Party (Paperback)
Subtitled the rise and fall of New Labour. Its over 800 pages, including 100 pages of references, and its is indeed as Jeremy Vine quoted "it reads like a thriller", and "a feast of high politics and low behaviour" by A Gimson of the Telegraph.
Unbelievably good journalism and sources. Absolutely fascinating read of the story behind the scenes, the characters involved, why decisions were made, or werent in many of the cases.
Its not a revelation that Gordon Brown was in fact totally unsuited to the role of PM; as an aside, in my opinion he should have been sacked as Chancellor 2 years after taking office for his undermining of Blair (confirmed in detail in the book, but the author doesnt give his opinion) and incompetence in selling a massive chunk of our gold reserves at the LOWEST point possible, but it was staggering to read that behind the scenes the man was even more unpleasant, underhand, indecisive, foul-tempered, selfish, mendacious, arrogant, bullying, machiavellian and socially inept than even I had imagined (was that enough negative adjectives? Perhaps a single one would suffice, but that isnt publishable here).
Apart from the book never explaining why everyone including the author seems to have been impressed with Brown's intellect despite the above failings, and when I believe he will be proved to have been wrong about just about everything, is my only disappointment with the book. However, this is due to my long-standing loathing of Brown, and desire to see him locked in the Tower of London, as the author has patently not written a critique of the personalities.
There is so much insight about Nu-Lab and the, largely useless, bunch of inept ministers surrounding the 2 main protagonists, that its a relief that the content is now in the open. Hopefully none of them will ever again darken the corridors of power and influence let alone be making decisions on behalf of the electorate.
This is a brilliant book that has to be essential reading for anyone who is interested in politics. As a great public service, I hope it helps more members of the electorate to be less trusting of, and less compliant with politicians of any party.