The Hands of History: Parliamentary Sketches, 1997-2007
Simon Hoggart's fans know him as the wittiest of all the commentators on Parliament and its key figures, and for thousands of people his daily column in the "Guardian" is the kick-start they need in the morning. "The Hand of History" brings together his finest writing to create a portrait of the man at the centre of the last decade in British politics - and the rivals, enemies and friends around him. In it, you'll find the high drama, the low farce, the soap opera and the situation comedy that happens at Westminster every day. Read about Blair the Maharishi, Prescott the enemy of the English language, Brown the bruiser, Michael Fabricant the wig-wearer, and the magnificent figure of Sir Peter Tapsell, whose words are not written up in Hansard but cast in bronze. And read about the security alert that led to the confiscation of the mint imperials. Altogether, "The Hand of History" is an unmissable account of Tony Blair's weird, baffling, sometimes inexplicable, and almost always hilarious decade in power.
9 pages matching backbenchers in this book
Results 1-3 of 9
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
actually Alastair Campbell Andrew Ann Widdecombe announced applause arrived asked backbenchers began bill Britain British Cabinet called campaign Chamber Chancellor cheers colleagues committee Conservative Party course David Cameron debate dossier Downing Street Dr Kelly election face Gilligan going Gordon Brown hear heard Home Secretary Iain Duncan Smith Iraq John Prescott Labour MPs Labour Party Lib Dems Liberal Democrats look Lord Margaret mean meant Michael Fabricant Michael Howard minutes never noise Number Party conference perhaps Peter Mandelson political politicians press conference Prime Minister Prime Minister's Questions replied round Saddam seemed shouted Sir Peter Tapsell sitting smiling someone sound Speaker speech spoke standing ovation suddenly talking tell Thatcher thing thought told Tony Blair Tory Tory leader Tory MPs turned voice vote William Hague wonder words yelled yesterday young