by Chris Mullin - £9.99 Profile Books Ltd (2010)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781846682308 | ISBN 10: 1846682304
It is said that failed politicians make the best diarists. In which case I am in with a chance.'
Witty, incisive, and highly entertaining, Chris Mullin's diaries describe an unusual political career. To the apoplexy of the Labour whips, he was for a time the only person to have been appointed to government despite having voted against the Iraq war.
Through his career he has occupied several vantage points. He was a member of the backbench parliamentary committee which met weekly with the prime minister during the build-up to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. He twice served as chairman of the Home Affairs committee and was a minister in three departments - Environment, International Development and the Foreign Office. With an eye for detail and a keen sense of the ridiculous these diaries are an irreverent snapshot of political life in the early twenty-first century.
As a diarist Chris Mullin ranks with the best. If you enjoyed Yes, Minister or Alan Clark's diaries, you will love these. A View from the Foothills is certain to delight and amuse far beyond the political classes.
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