Power Trip: A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin

Power Trip: A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin

by Damian McBride

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Power Trip: A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin by Damian McBride

"I have always admired McBride's writing—imagine Luca Brasi with a Cambridge degree—and am not surprised that his memoirs are proving so gripping, given the material and his genuine talent as a stylist."— The Daily Telegraph

"Damian McBride is a bastard. And, unusually for a memoirist, he's very keen to let you know that from the start."— New Statesman

The candid memoir of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown's chief spin doctor lays open the often funny, often disturbing world internecine of political feuding, detailing the feuds, political plots, and media manipulation that lie at the core of British politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849545969
Publisher: Biteback Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Damian McBride: Damian McBride was former Prime Minister Gordon Brown's chief political advisor until he was forced to resign in a scandal in 2009.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Slow Ascent into Hell

1 Easter Monday, 2009 3

2 Warning Signs 5

3 The Fast Stream 10

4 Customs as I Am 16

5 The Treasury Type 23

6 A Trucking Mess 29

7 VAT Man Again. And Again 36

8 Sport of Queens 43

9 My Demon Booze 49

10 Meeting the Mother 56

11 The Art of the Budget 62

12 Rising to the Top 70

Going to the Dark Side

13 What Makes the Two Eds Tick? 79

14 Breaking Bad News 86

15 The Art of Budget Briefing 95

16 Interviews: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 105

17 Dirty Hands 114

18 Security 120

19 The Washingtonian 127

20 Lead in the Pencil 135

21 Gordon and the Eds 142

22 The Politics of Poverty 150

23 Honours 159

24 'The Evil That Men Do' 165

Mad Dog on the Loose

25 Blair and Brown: The Cola Wars 173

26 Taking On the Tories 183

27 Leaks and Leakers 189

28 The Art of Overseas Trips 197

29 The Editors 206'

30 Political Footballs 214

31 Conference 223

32 The Family Guy 232

33 Going to the Mattresses 241

34 Asian Persuasion 250

35 Becoming the Leader 259

36 What We Lost the Day We Won 267

The Rollercoaster

37 The Hacks 279

38 Riding High 286

39 Presidents and First Ladies 294

40 Maggie and Me 302

41 Too Many Mistakes 307

42 New People 321

43 Thursday Night Lies 330

44 For the Glory of Gordon 337

45 The Forces of Hell 347

46 The David Miliband Conundrum 356

47 The Art of the Reshuffle 364

48 'Rough Seas Make Good Sailors' 374

Walk Through the Storm

49 The Darker Arts 385

50 Anatomy of a Resignation 395

51 Back to the Beginning 404

52 Politics, Gordon and Me 414

Acknowledgements 423

Index 425

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