One of the great strengths of Christian Woolmar’s highly readable account of Gordon Brown’s drive to part-privatise the London Underground, Down The Tube, is that… … Read the full post »
Read my posts featuring the former Labour Member of Parliament (1983-2015) and Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. He succeeded Tony Blair as Prime Minister in 2007 and held the post until losing the 2010 general election.
His time as Prime Minister is expertly covered in Brown at 10.
Conservative MP Rob Wilson’s book on the formation of a coalition government in May 2010, 5 Days to Power: The Journey to Coalition Britain, plays up the drama of the events. … Read the full post »
David Laws’s book 22 Days in May: The Birth of the Lib Dem-Conservative Coalition is written in a lively style which gives some freshness to the now familiar sequence of events. … Read the full post »
There are two simple tests I have for books that recount events I was in some way involved in: do they accurately retell events that I have direct first-hand knowledge of and do they tell me something new about events I was one step removed from? … Read the full post »
The more that comes out about how Tony Blair and Gordon Brown behaved, the more you wonder quite what world they were living in. … Read the full post »
Speaking to Paddy Ashdown in 1997, Gordon Brown said… … Read the full post »
The lovely phrase “spray on evidence” was coined in the late 1990s in frustration at the attitude towards evidence shown by many in the Labour government. … Read the full post »
At the book’s title suggests, Peter Mandelson’s memoirs The Third Man do not hold back from placing himself not only at the heart of New Labour but also at its top, variously using the phrases the three musketeers or the triumvirate to describe himself and the two Prime Ministers, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. … Read the full post »
Deborah Mattinson charts the rise and fall of New Labour through the eyes of ordinary voters, reported on in numerous focus groups. … Read the full post »
It’s better that Labour figures are starting to tell the truth in public about the Brown-Blair infighting years than if they were continuing to claim they’d always got along fine. … Read the full post »