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An amusingly indiscreet view of politics - with undertones,
By A Customer
This review is from: Breaking The Code: The Brandreth Diaries: Westminster Diaries, 1992-97 (Hardcover)
This book is fun. On its evidence, Gyles Brandreth is a born storyteller (and collector of anecdotes) and a delightful gossip. For reasons which he doesn't make very clear he chose - and this wasn't an easy thing to accomplish - to become a conservative MP in the stormy final years of John Major's administration. This placed him in a fine position (ending in the Whips' Office, the very centre of the firefighting) to chronicle the muddle and plotting of those five years.
The awfulness of it all is vividly recounted. If I were putting together Labour's campaign for the next election, I think I would simply have chunks of this book broadcast. No further comment would be needed.
Though the book is mostly lighthearted, there are some touching undertones - such as Mr Brandreth's tributes to his wife and his response to the illness and death of close friends. There are some darker undertones too, as various Tory MPs are disgraced. Again, I felt touched by Mr Brandreth's loyalty to, for instance, the Hamiltons and Jonathan Aitken. Whatever one thinks of these people, loyalty is a good thing.