Top critical review
A decent read
on 29 May 2017
This is the second book of Chris Mullin's diaries that I've read. Chronologically it is the first, inasmuch as it covers the period from John Smith's death, to Tony Blair's coronation as his successor, and Blair's subsequent election win. It ends with Mullin's appointment as a minister.
This book was the third to be published, however. The first covered the period from his departure as a minister, to Labour's subsequent election defeat, while the second book covers Mullin's ministerial years. I have read the first, and third books in the series.
The books themselves are fine. If you want to get a sense of the "New Labour" project, you can't go wrong with these books. It will give you a sense of what was going on at the time. My grumble is that anyone who read Alan Clark's diaries, you get the sense that Clark was closer to the centre of things, while you get the sense that Mullin was more a watcher of events, and even not that closely, as he wasn't viewed at someone who could be viewed as "one of us" by the people who ran th party.