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Well worth a read
on 29 December 2000
Hattersley has resisted the temptation to give a detailed justification of his time in politics. Instead he has chosen to recount his career in a humorous, yet informative, manner which should appeal to anyone with even a passing interest in UK politics.
Never afraid to express his opinions, Hattersley always maintains an honest view of his own influence throughout his career. However, you can sense the glee as he recalls the occasions when he succeeds in his attempts to 'bowl a googly' to Mrs Thatcher during Prime Minister's Question Time.
Of particular interest (and amusement) are his comments concerning several of his peers. Hattersley excels in his use of the barbed comment. The book is almost worth buying for some of the comments on Tony Benn alone! Also, Hattersley's description of Denis Healey as a man who "ran his department with a mixture of brutal humour and humorous brutality" will raise a smile with all those who remember the former Chancellor and his political style.
This book may not be the definitive work on the post-war Labour Party, or on British politics over the same period. However, it contains much interesting opinion, is very well written and is highly recommended to people of all political persuasions. If you believe that political biographies are dull affairs then this could be the book that changes your mind.