Spin Doctor's Diary Hardcover – 26 Sep 2005
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'Excellent...this is a riveting book, a genuine page-turner.' -- Matthew d'Ancona, Sunday Telegraph
'Looking for a stocking filler? Buy, then, Lance Price's diary of what it was like to work for Tony Blair.' -- Ron Liddle, The Sunday Times
'Prices quite brilliant diaries . . . have performed a public service of great importance.' -- Peter Oborne, Evening Standard
'Sensational.' -- Matthew Parris
'Surprisingly amusing for a chap who worked in a government not known for its sense of humour.' -- Marina Hyde, The Guardian
'The most explosive political diaries since Alan Clarke.' -- Mail on Sunday
From the Inside Flap
While Lance Price was Alastair Campbells deputy in the Downing Street Press Office at the end of the 1990s and then Director of Communications at the Labour Party, he kept an informal journal of his experiences.
Published in full for the first time, these controversial diaries offer a rare and unfiltered perspective of Tony Blair as Prime Minister and the kind of government he runs. We see ministers, from Blair down, behaving as human beings ambitious, vain, obsessed with image and petty rivalries but also industrious, determined to succeed and all too aware of the price of failure.
This is New Labour at the height of its power, with a huge majority and a feeble opposition, a government elected with high expectations yet beset by self-inflicted wounds. The Spin Doctors Diary reveals in detail for the first time the overwhelming obsession with spin; the scandals and resignations; the bitter rows not just between Blair and Gordon Brown, but also over who should be Mayor of London, the Euro, devolution, public spending and much more besides.
Lance Price describes what he did and what he saw with refreshing wit and candour. This is politics stripped bare not always a pretty sight, but an unforgettable one.See all Product Description
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It Is written in diary form and is a revealing glimpse into the machinations and thought processes behind the Government at the time. It does not make for a very edifying read if you want to believe in the integrity and candour of the people at the top. That’s hardly a surprise though is it? Quite how duplicitous and downright mendacious some of these people are/were may surprise any reader. The sheer amount of time and synapse bending put into manipulating the media and achieving the story they want is quite extraordinary and raises the rather simplistic conundrum that if they spent less time arsing about with the minutiae of presentation and strategy then they might have actually achieved some real political progress. For instance Campbell spent a lot of the time trying to come up with “Names” for the various Honours lists. Kate Moss was one of his suggestions would you believe? …..For services to the pharmaceutical industry I presume.Read more ›
There are occasional snipes and bitchy comments where Price seems to be determined to live down to the stereotype of the [...] man, but all in all the approach is very measured, lending both authority and credibility to what is being said.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lance Price comes across as a pleasant enough individual, but there's something terribly dreary about this book. Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2009 by lifeclearout
Was expecting it to be interesting, but you learn a lot about the behind the scenes stuff that went on in this book. Very enjoyable.Published on 18 Mar. 2009 by Mr. D
Very disappointed with this book, I realise the writing was taken from his diaries, but was it really necessary to let us know every time he was praised for doing his job? Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2008 by K6
I came to these diaries eagerly having just re-read all three superb volumes of the Alan Clark diaries and in the mood for more political insight. Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2007 by distantecho