Servants of the People : The Inside Story of New Labour, Paperback

Servants of the People : The Inside Story of New Labour Paperback

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Andrew Rawnsley's "Servants of the People" is a timely and fascinating look at New Labour.

Every new government promises to represent a new dawn, but for New Labour it was the Covenant that Tony Blair made with Britain.

The party that won a landslide victory on May Day 1997 made the special claim that it represented a decisive break with the disappointments of the old left and the old right: its Third Way would transcend both.

Having fashioned an extraordinarily wide coalition to secure power, New Labour would hold it as Servants of the People.

Was that a grandiloquent way of saying the government would be enslaved to the opinion polls? Or has Tony Blair been pursuing a strategic plan, breathtaking in its audacity, to remake the political landscape of Britain in the third millennium? "Downing Street is said to be 'furious' at this book - and it is easy to understand why.

It is the first meticulous chronicle of all that has happened since that bright May Day three years ago which first brought the Blair government to office". (Anthony Howard, "Sunday Times"). "Riveting ...the Government's dirty washing has been well and truly hung out in public". (Rachel Sylvester, "Daily Telegraph"). Andrew Rawnsley is associate editor and chief political commentator for the Observer.

For many years he presented BBC Radio 4's Sunday evening "Westminster Hour", and he has also made a number of highly acclaimed television documentaries.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Political parties
  • ISBN: 9780140278507



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28 Mar 2010 - passed to me by BridgetThis was a very interesting book, but the subtitle had misled me rather, as I was looking forward to finding out how they came up with the concept of New Labour, the background of the main protagonists' rise to power etc, and really it was a blow by blow account going from election night 1997 till just after the 2001 re-election. Still, the level of detail he managed to obtain was amazing and it was very interesting - useful to see figures such as the Millibands and Ed Balls rising up through the ranks at this stage and what exactly happened to Mandelson. I still think there's more to come out after the 30 years rule and I was basically left wanting to read more - I'm certainly going to read the Blair autobiog at some stage and also the newer Chris Mullin diaries.Think I'll be bookcrossing this one...