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on 28 June 2007
This book is a collection of the best of the Parliamentary Sketches that Simon Hoggart wrotes for the Guardian newspaper spanning the period from Tony Blair's inaugauration as Prime Minister in 1997 up March 2007 (28th March to be precise).

Mr Hoggart is very funny without being cynical or taking unnecessary cheap shots which some of the other 'satirists' and 'columnists' can tend to fall in to. Some genuinely 'laugh out loud' (or at least 'snicker out softly') moments and some of the Prescott 'moments' had me actually going to Hansard online to see if he REALLY did say what was written down! He did!

Those people at Hansard should be awarded some kind of prize!

if you don't already know Simon Hoggart's work, I can recommend this if you like you parliamentary satire, short (and oh so very sweet) and to the point but funny at the same time.

Oh and by the way, this isn't just about Labour, oh no. All the parties get the same treatment.

Good stuff!
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on 30 July 2007
This is much more than a collection of sketches - it's a proper book as the selection of pieces and the commentary joining them adds up to a brilliant political history of the last decade. It is laugh out loud funny and absolutely without bias. I would recommend it to anyone who wondered what the Blair years were all about; it's much better history than Alistair Campbell!
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on 8 October 2014
Very funny if not a description of a disastrous set of people. Mockery is the sincerest form of flattery?
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on 16 March 2015
Step-son loved it, had to buy him the others!
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