by Clare Short - £7.99 Free Press (2005)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780743263931 | ISBN 10: 0743263936
Winner of the Channel 4 Political Book of the Year award, An Honourable Deception? is Clare Short's riveting personal account of the events leading to Tony Blair's decision to ally himself with George W. Bush over Iraq, and her subsequent decision to resign from the government.
Writing 'more in sorrow than in anger', Short also presents an insider's view of a much wider malaise: the absence of proper debate and democratic process in Blair's government. She argues that large unrepresentative majorities have generated an arrogance in Number 10 which is deeply error-prone and has contributed to a failure to understand the real and urgent problems that Britain, and the world, must address.
Passionate, accessible, and written with the honesty and directness for which Clare Short is so acclaimed, An Honourable Deception? is both a searing indictment of waster power and an inspiring clarion call for change.
"Well written, and offers a disturbing insight into a government where Blair seems to take every decision, not just about war, on the basis of poor information and without consulation."
(Michael Portillo, Sunday Times)
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