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Very true. And this seems to be one of the main reasons why he decided to stay where he was, rather than change allegiances. And one of the reasons why he used his office to give a voice / primarily call, in the Commons debate, those MPs who don't just toe the party line (on either side) but have an opinion of their own and hold their own party to account. (He'll elaborate on that later in the book.)
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Exactly. And yet, as scathing as some of his comments come across (and he is in some hot water about them) I also cannot shake the feeling that even this is just merely skimming the surface.
It is unfortunately also the route that some individuals took to further polarise the parties. I cannot but take my hat off to JB for at least trying to produce a change from within the Conservatives.

I'm also rather fond of his stance of seeing the House's purpose of holding government to account and his own role in facilitating exactly this.
Yes -- if anybody has had a major hand in bringing parliament back to its original purpose, it's definitely him. (Checks and balances, anybody?)

I'm not surprised that loads of people are squealing with the pain of his treading on their toes. Well-deserved, is all I'm saying, given the names he does name. And I'd be surprised to hear he hadn't been expecting exactly this. If anything, he seems to thrive on controversy, rather than shying away from it.
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Yup, yup. My thoughts also.

Btw, I'm immensely enjoying this book. Even more so after reading a very scathing yet superficial review of it on Ammy, in which the reviewer basically repeats all of the accusations that currently circulate in the media but does not give examples (of where JB allegedly got the facts wrong, the bullying, etc.). ;)
Hah. I'm not going to read the Amazon reviews (that place is so g'dmn predictable, and I have no interest in revisiting the Brexit debate in miniature format), but I'm *very* much enjoying the book, too -- and I'm glad he chose to speak up, now that he is no longer bound by the restraints of his office.
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Well, I may have up-voted all of the other, more favourable reviews. ;)
Only thing to do, of course! :)
Hol 2 years ago
Very maddening.
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Hol, it really is. JB does not go into making the parallel to the public treating the parties differently (that was my own two cents), but there have been quite a few things that he mentions in the book that showed to me over and over how insane it is that a majority of ordinary people would vote for the Conservatives.
He may be criticised for taking shots at individuals and naming names, but a lot of the assessments he makes about people in politics since 1995 seem to confirm some of my own observations, as biased as they inevitably are.
Hol 2 years ago
'but there have been quite a few things that he mentions in the book that showed to me over and over how insane it is that a majority of ordinary people would vote for the Conservatives.' THIS. I really want to read it now
BrokenTune 2 years ago
I think you'd get much out of it, irrespective of whether you agree with him or like him. I have found this a surprising book in many ways, mostly in areas that I had not expected, even tho my view on certain matters (Tories, the running of Westminster, etc.) have basically been confirmed.

It is also interesting that the accusations of bullying by JB that have popped up in the news over the last few days are actually old ones dating back to a Newsnight programme ... and which JB himself addresses in this book. So, it does make me wonder whether they would have resurfaced if JB had not mentioned them in the book itself.

Anyway, I'd love to know what you make of the book.
Re: bullying: that's what I instantly thought when I got to that passage, too.