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The Rise and Fall of a Political Hitman
on 25 July 2015
Power Trip, is written by Damian McBride a Civil Servant who rose to a position of prominence under Gordon Brown during the last labour government. This is an interesting yarn detailing the cut throat nature of high level politics. At times the language and behaviour makes 'The Thick of It' look very realistic, McBride does a good job of detailing the heavy handed approaches of those influencing Government officials, and provides some interesting and valuable asides on Political figures of the era, such as Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Ed Milliband and Ed Balls.
While the book details McBride's rise and fall, it often felt as though his career spinning stories to the media, was utilised well in writing this book as he clearly uses it to get back at figures who upset or sabotaged him during his political career.
The book employs fairly industrial language and doesn't hide from being honest about the difficult working environment within the Governments inner sanctum, however it is a decent parable, showing the power of image and media.
Overall this was a decent read, which was well written, easy to follow and interesting, the perspective feels forced and biased, I would recommend this to people interested in the UK Governments political processes and personalities, but this holds little interest to anyone else.