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The Rivals - The Intimate Story of a Political Marriage (Paperback, New Ed): James Naughtie

The Rivals - The Intimate Story of a Political Marriage (Paperback, New Ed)

James Naughtie

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James Naughtie, a well-placed, well-informed political journalist, here presents the fascinating inside story of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, the two men who have run Britain since 1997. He sketches their different origins - Brown, the elder by two years, son of the manse, going up to Edinburgh University from Kirkcaldy grammar school; Blair, from the English middle class, going to Oxford from Fettes, both possessing firm religious beliefs. Brown has been active in politics since his student days; Blair turned to politics after failing to become a pop star. They have long been close friends; they have also had to become rivals. Naughtie explains neatly how closely they worked together, and how fate divided them - from the day John Smith, then Labour party leader, died and they had to decide whether to run against each other for the leadership. As we know, Brown agreed to stand aside in return for becoming Chancellor of the Exchequer, but persistent rumours suggest that Blair promised to stand down from the Prime Ministership in Brown's favour after two terms. The relationship is not always an easy one. Though they now live side by side in 10 and 11 Downing Street, and - to the alarm of their civil servants - often have long talks by themselves with no note-taker present, each has gathered round himself a coterie of close friends; these coteries do not mix. Peter Mandelson, twice driven from high office, is still in frequent touch with Blair; Alastair Campbell, often at Blair's elbow, controls his master's public image. 'Blair's aides work for a man, not a team of ministers; in Brown's office, every speech is crafted to build up the Chancellor, not the government.' Politics is so volatile that Naughtie cannot be quite up to date. But he has written a most lively and readable book, giving a fascinating insight into the inner circle of power. (Kirkus UK)
A penetrating insider's view of the most important relationship in modern politics, the one on which the recent reinvention of Britain is founded: Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. By the celebrated Radio 4 Today Programme presenter James Naughtie. No Prime Minister and Chancellor this century have been bound so closely together, each depending on the other's strengths to repair weaknesses that might otherwise be politically fatal; yet theirs is a bond that crackles with suspicion and misunderstanding, lovers' tiffs that send tremors through the government . The story of the current era can only properly be told through the prism of this strange union, and it has never been told before. James Naughtie is a unique insider. A hugely respected political commentator, he has equal access to both men, to their key courtiers, to the party malcontents and everyone who has ever sat in Cabinet with them. Not since Alan Clark's Diaries has there been such a vivid, human portrait of the agonies and ecstasies of power in action. Even the supporting players are wildly dramatic: the saturnine plotting of Peter Mandelson, the muscled protection of Alistair Campbell, the Scots traditionalists facing down the Number 10 policy wonks. But the real drama is compressed into the central relationship. Here are Othello and Iago, Caesar and Brutus. This is a classic power play of our time, brilliantly, vividly and intimately staged by James Naughtie.

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Imprint: Fourth Estate
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: June 2002
Authors: James Naughtie
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 432
Edition: New Ed
ISBN-13: 978-1-84115-474-9
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Historical, political & military
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political parties
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Central government
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political parties > General
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Central government > General
Books > Biography > Historical, political & military
LSN: 1-84115-474-1
Barcode: 9781841154749

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