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Let the chaos begin..........,
This review is from: Decline & Fall: Diaries 2005-2010 (Mullin Diaires 2) (Paperback)
Mullin raises one good point at the start: literally minutes after Tony Blair was re-elected in 2005 he faced calls for him to resign!! And so the sniping, back-stabbing and infighting begins in earnest for the next two years. And for what? To have Labour's most sucessful leader replaced by a charisma-free personality vacuum. Mullin paints an interesting picture of the parliamentary Labour party tearing itself apart over the succession for no apparent reason, indeed, about 75% of his diary entries concern the various plots which makes the book rather heavy going unless you are interested in now forgotten political pygmies such as Charles Clark, Hazel Blears and Geoff Hoon. Mullin's faith in making Britain more like Cuba shines through as he actually celebrates the fact that public sector employment has gone up by 600,000 (and all with final salary pensions too) under Blair's rule. Finally he blames the economic collapse on the "Tories friends in the City"; sorry Chris but I think you will find it's your party that was meant to be regulating them for the past decade. His political antennae is as sharp as ever, though, predicting the demise of Robert Mugabe and George Galloway in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Where are they now?
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Initial post: 31 May 2012 15:18:05 BDT
Adrian Webber says:
A good review and, I believe, a fair one too..
Posted on 21 Feb 2014 14:14:43 GMT
Nice review. There's a pervasive smugness through the whole book , and a conflict between his right-on views and an eagerness to grasp the treats when on offer , although to his credit he came through the expenses scandal untouched. He's a good example of someone who just hung around as an MP for too long , and while he hasn't made the Lords ( he may have turned it down) , he's not above grabbing a passing quango.
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