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Diaries: In Power 1983-1992 Paperback – 3 Jul 2003
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The first volume of Alan Clark's bestselling DIARIES, covering the downfall of Margaret Thatcher.
About the Author
Alan Clark, MP for Plymouth between 1974 and 1992 and Kensington and Chelsea between 1997 and 1999, was Minister of Trade and Minister of State. He was married with two sons and lived at Saltwood Castle, Kent. He died in 1999.
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At times, Clark does seem a little crawling and obsequious in his private attitudes to those whose favour he must curry in order to climb the political ladder, but when he does move into a more critical mode, he is trenchant and unsparing in his assessment of the sundry character flaws found among his colleagues. In a way, the Potemkin Village of modern British politics must have been quite limiting for a man of Clark's talent and independence of mind; indeed, there is a palpable sense of frustration running through these diaries at how ultimately pointless and futile the practice of mainstream politics can be for its foot soldiers.
Clark was clearly a highly-competent defence minister - a post he coveted - and I found his thoughts and musings on defence issues very interesting, but I have to say the highlight of this volume is a certain little incident in the House of Commons in July 1983, when Clark was allegedly 'tired and emotional' while answering parliamentary questions as a government minister. It's sad to elevate a seemingly trivial indiscretion to a level of prominence, especially when it concerns such a talented man, but it would be silly to deny its importance to these diaries.Read more ›
However, it is a view from the right of the Tory party and Heseltine' s viewpoint (for instance) is not even recognised.There is nothing on Lawson's resignation or any serious reflection that the Thatcher government was running out of steam in 1990. There is some mindless recording of gossip which reminds one of what a shower this lot were. For a balanced view one should also read Lawson's,Howe's and Heseltine's memoirs. Nonetheless, as with Crossman's diaries the diarists tend to make the historical weather for a time at least.
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I really enjoyed the Chris Mullin diaries covering the Blair and Brown years and so I thought these diaries may give some similar insight into the Thatcher years. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Niall
A surprisingly boring account of the life of a middle ranking minister who's ambitions were sadly thwarted by his mediocre competance as a public figure. Read morePublished 19 months ago by richard dale
Still working way thru' this one - enjoyable in chunks! Probably knowing the era/characters helps me, will certainly finish it.Published 21 months ago by Fra - Folio C/B
Enjoyed reading this instalment of Alan Clark's dairies. I would recommend this if you enjoy political intrigue and all of that.Published 22 months ago by brenda farmer
He was a horrible old Tory but he had a spark of life about him that made him not as repellent as his disgusting colleagues. Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2014 by clare
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