The Lies of the Land
An Honest History of Political Deceit
This dry, humorous look at the biggest political lies of recent decades, by Private Eye journalist Adam Macqueen, includes the cover-up of Churchill’s stroke, sex scandals such as the Profumo affair, and the misleading claims behind the Iraq war and the Brexit referendum. Given that politicians have always lied, Macqueen asks how and why, in this ‘post-truth era’, we have become so compliant with fake news.
Fire and Fury
Inside the Trump White House
Granted access to the White House, journalist Michael Wolff wrote the inside story of the first nine months of Trump's presidency: why FBI director James Comey was fired, why Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room, and what Trump's staff really think of him.
Harold Wilson: The Unprincipled Prime Minister?
Reappraising Harold Wilson
Harold Wilson was one of the longest-serving prime ministers of the 20th century, winning four elections – one more than both Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher – yet his reputation within the Labour Party remains ambiguous. This collection of essays examines his record on economic policy, industrial relations, social liberalization, Europe and Northern Ireland. With contributions from Wilson’s contemporaries and political experts from the left, right and centre, it offers a balanced assessment of his successes and failures.
British Liberal Leaders
Leaders of the Liberal Party, SDP and Liberal Democrats Since 1828
This volume traces the development of British Liberalism through profiles of 25 leaders. Analysing their attributes and achievements, the authors discuss the success with which each man guided his party through revolutionary social and political changes. The book ends with three interviews in which David Steel, Paddy Ashdown and Nick Clegg give their own reflections on their experiences of leadership.
By Royal Appointment
Tales From the Privy Council – the Unknown Arm of Government
The Privy Council, which formally advises the sovereign, has existed since ‘remote antiquity’, and this history of the institution explores, by means of stories and anecdotes from its chequered past, the council’s waning influence over rival institutions, including the Cabinet and the judiciary.
A Biography of Tom Johnston
As Scottish Secretary in Churchill’s war cabinet, Tom Johnston helped lay the foundations of the NHS; later, he brought electricity to remote parts of Scotland. Tracing his ideals to his early career as a campaigning journalist, this biography celebrates his fighting spirit and lasting achievements.
How the World Works
Noam Chomsky is one of the world’s most respected linguists, yet his radical political ideas, while attracting legions of followers across the globe, have made him a prophet without honour in his own land. In this selection of interviews, he lays bare the realities of contemporary geopolitics with exceptional clarity and power, including the main goals of US foreign policy, the new global economy, the roots of racism and the coming ecological catastrophe.
The Best of Benn
Tony Benn (1925–2014) was not only a prominent, charismatic and principled politician, but also the pre-eminent diarist of his generation. This volume brings together a selection of his journalism, speeches and diary entries to highlight key moments in his career and to illustrate the range of issues on which he campaigned, such as workers' rights and the abolition of the death penalty, as well as his interest in the connections between Christianity and socialism.
A Higher Loyalty
Truth, Lies, and Leadership
The FBI Director James Comey was publicly fired by Donald Trump in May 2017. In this book he writes about his work, his role in the 2016 American presidential election and the surreal events that followed, and reflects on the leadership styles of three very different presidents.
Volume Eighteen: Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers
Herbert Spencer (1820–1903) was a prominent philosopher in the Victorian era. This intellectual biography makes a compelling argument for the continued relevance of his political philosophy. Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers series, volume 18. No jacket.
The Prime Minister's Papers: Wellington
Political Correspondence, 1833–November 1834 v. 1
Covering an important period in the history of the Conservative party and revealing Wellington’s character and his relations with public opinion and his colleagues, this first volume of his political correspondence begins with the Conservatives’ defeat in the 1833 general election and ends with their return to office in November 1834. The book includes hitherto unpublished documents from the Wellington Papers at Apsley House.
An Ideological Analysis
Plaid Cymru is generally regarded as the foremost advocate of Welsh nationalism; but in this study of its political philosophy, Dr Alan Sandry challenges the conventional assumption that it conforms to the traditional model of a nationalist party. Sandry’s exhaustive analysis shows Plaid Cymru’s ideology to be diverse and complex, sharing convictions and agendas with the Greens, decentralist Liberals and welfare state Socialists.
The Best Prime Minister We Never Had?
The Conservative politician Richard Austen ‘Rab’ Butler (1902–82) held three of the great offices of state and came close, on three occasions, to becoming Prime Minister. This biography examines his upbringing, education and political career and draws on his own papers and the testimony of his contemporaries to explore why, despite his formidable intellect and distinguished record as Chancellor of the Exchequer, the premiership ultimately eluded him.
An Unsuccessful Prime Minister? Reappraising John Major
This collection of essays takes a balanced look at the successes and failures of John Major’s government, and re-evaluates its legacy. Contributions from politicians including Charles Clarke, Paddy Ashdown and John Redwood and commentators such as Peter Oborne and Christian Wolmar reflect on the government’s fragile majority, battles over Europe and the Maastricht treaty, the Exchange Rate Mechanism debacle, the first Gulf War, and the Northern Ireland peace process.
And How You Can Make it Happen
As Minister for Women and Equalities in the coalition government, Jo Swinson learned the hard way that gender imbalance was ‘the most intractable and biggest of problems to address’ – and not only for government. In this book, she explains how inequality permeates our lives and institutions and, focusing on how power is conferred in favour of men, her ‘call to arms’ offers ways for the individual to make a difference.
Born in the Welsh valleys, Joan Ruddock went on to lead the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament before becoming an MP and the first Minister for Women in the Blair government. In this memoir, she recalls the hard lives of her parents, which fuelled her passion for social justice, her career as campaigner and politician, the euphoria she felt after the 1997 election, and the frustration and disillusionment that followed.