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A model of investigative journalism,
This review is from: Nothing Like a Dame: The Scandals of Shirley Porter (Paperback)
This very extensively researched and yet effortlessly readable book is a model of what investigative journalism should be. Faultlessly neutral and politically unbiased throughout, Andrew Hosken, a Radio 4 journalist for the Today programme, looks into the scandal raised by gerrymandering at Westminster City Council back in the 80s and 90s of the last century. Shirley Porter, a disaster as a politician with no notion of how local government works, is exposed as a liar, a bully and perhaps the most corrupt politician of the century. Hosken pieces together how Porter and her craven officers decided to make Westminster forever Tory by manipulating the political complexion of the boroughs of the city. She gave the orders and it was her idea, but she was helped by the nature of local government at the time which found it impossible to prevail against her regime of fear, procurement and preferment. It is an astounding story.
Yet Hosken is not a character assassin and Dame Shirley remains a human and fallible figure, albeit one who was unable to recognise that democracy transcends mere party-political interests.