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I'm no poltics twitcher but this is superb....,
This review is from: Cameron: The Rise of the New Conservative (Hardcover)
This book is immensely informative and easy to read, and fascinating to boot.
The two parts that stuck out in my mind were the chapters on Cameron's disabled son, Ivan, and the chapter in which Cameron lost the seat of Stafford in 1997. On a dreadful night for the Tories, the so-called 'safe Tory seat' lost its 10,000 majority to Labour. Abandoned by the constituency party, Cameron faced alone a town hall with the celebrating New Labour groupies and the Monster Raving Loony Party. This was topped off at the end of the night by a tearful pensioner saying to Cameron, "I don't want to die under a Labour government." Stung, Cameron vowed to do something about it.
The chapter on Ivan is deeply poignant and highlights an inner steal and resolve that belies Cameron's friendly approach. Peter Hitchens, who criticised Cameron for "always having had everything easy in life" in a television documentary, has publicly issued an apology to Cameron after reading this book.
A real page turner, and one that will help alter perceptions of Cameron as a Blair-wannabe. As the book says, Cameron is a Conservative right down to his bones, he was born into it, and actually - unlike George Osborne or Steve Hilton for example - is only a fairly recent convert to 'modern, compassionate Conservatism' himself.