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on 7 February 2012
I purchased this at the same time as the first set of diaries, expecting that it would be good to follow straight on where the first set left off. However, while the first set was interesting with some good anecdotal evidence of the inner workings of the Blair government, albeit from a rather slanted perspective, I actually found Decline & Fall a little "hard going" simply because I found that so much of it dealt with trivia - possibly the result of the fact that Mr M had by now discovered that he was a minute cog in a rather large machine over which he had no control and indeed, by his own admission, had absolutely no influence, and thus found myself having to force myself to read on, tempted on several occasions to abandon completion.
I suppose that when one's career satisfaction depends on at least being to be able to derive some distinction (whether that be by influencing outcome, or just making a bit of a killing, money-wise, I am not really too sure, maybe it's a bit of both!)but you would think that if a man is so disillusioned with his career path that he would vote with his feet and find something of better interest. However, methinks that despite everything, Mr M was still more than happy to take the money and run irrespective of the fact that he was unhappy with the way things were going and he was powerless to intercede and indeed, bit by bit could see the proverbial brown stuff about to hit the rather turbulent fan.
I have to say that resultant, I will not be purchasing the third book of the series simply because I see little point in encouraging the kind of spineless individual who accepts his lot, taking the tax payers money and moreover then attempts to build up his already reasonable pension pot by publishing his rather introverted memoirs! Blair, Mandelson, Campbell and even Brown may well have also gone onto publish their questionable memoirs, but at least their perspective is one of control and influence at the heart of government - whether you like these people and their politics or not!