Top critical review
31 July 2011
I bought this as i wasn't going to buy Tony Blair's diaries and definitely not going to touch Peter Mandelson's ramblings . So where better to go than the 'mouth-piece' of Tony himself?
This is by and large a disappointing read and for two reasons. Firstly (and having just finished the book) all you need to know are these facts, as written by Alistair himself. Alistair is completely overworked. Nobody can do their job properly which means Alistair has to step in all the time to do other peoples jobs. People outside the government constantly comment on what a good job Alistair is doing. And that's all you need to know. Oh, and all that 'Political Spin' that the press were banging on about during that time? A whole load of tosh and codswallop.
While reading this book i was constantly reminded how homogenised and vanilla mostly every aspect of Alistair's dealings with Blair were. I found out a couple of weeks ago that a more 'warts and all' version of this book will be re-issued in the future. I feel very cheated, though not financially for buying this book, but in the time i spent investing into reading something that clearly isn't what it's stacked up to be.
Vol 3 will not be on my Amazon Wish-list