By Philip Webster
From one of many maximum political reporters of modern instances, an insider’s account of 4 many years of protecting the British political scene, jam-packed with stories of the largest political happenings of the final part century.
Philip Webster lined politics for the days newspaper for forty three years, together with 18 years as its political editor. He has been on the centre of all of the substantial tales of the earlier 4 a long time – the autumn of Labour in 1979, the increase and fall of Margaret Thatcher, the emergence and fall of John significant, the increase and fall of Tony Blair and his wars with Gordon Brown, the aftermath of Sep 11, the warfare in Iraq, the autumn of Brown, the increase and upward thrust of David Cameron, and the surprise election of Jeremy Corbyn.
Beautifully illustrated with Peter Brookes’ cartoons, Webster bargains clean perception into the good tales of his time. He provides a frank and revelatory insider’s account of significant political occasions considering the fact that Michael Heseltine brandished the Mace, the evening the Callaghan govt fell, the day Sir Geoffrey Howe introduced down Margaret Thatcher, the day Tony Blair stated farewell, the evening MPs voted for conflict in Iraq; and each funds and autumn assertion for forty years.
With the wit and geniality that has made him such a lot of neighbors in politics, he unearths how tales got here into his fingers and the way political journalism affects occasions as they spread out. He has witnessed what he phrases a golden age of political journalism and this publication deals an intimate account of his exchange. the basic guide for somebody inquisitive about the craft of journalism, ‘Inside tale’ stories 3 a long time of lead tales and the various politicians, nice and small, that he has encountered.
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Additional resources for Inside Story: Politics, Intrigue and Treachery from Thatcher to Brexit
Less than twenty-four hours before the polls opened the PM was told that he would win by several points. But the late confidence was misplaced because Downing Street and other campaigners had underestimated the impact of immigration on the campaign and overestimated the impact of the economy. The Tories had won the 2015 election on the back of economic competence and thought they could do it again. There appears to have been a basic mistake in the so-called ‘playbook’ on which the campaign was based.
The campaign to stay in the EU, dubbed ‘Remain’, lost because millions of traditional Labour supporters in its heartlands voted to leave, rebelling at last at what they saw as a southern elite telling them what was good for them and failing to heed their worries about excessive immigration. Many saw themselves as the victims of what the southerners called globalization and what they saw as foreigners taking their jobs. Labour was distraught because as a party it was strongly in favour of staying in.
He called IDS, asking him to hold off until they had spoken face to face. 3 billion cuts were being ‘reviewed’. But IDS had had enough, and in a second telephone call told Cameron his mind was made up. During furious exchanges, Cameron was reported to have called IDS a ‘shit’, something that neither side has seen fit to deny. Duncan Smith’s friends maintain he had been surprised by Osborne’s decision to put the cuts in the Budget so that they could be counted as billions of savings in the deficit battle, but that the last straw was to put them in the same package as tax cuts for the better off.