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Diary of an MP's Wife: Inside and Outside Power: 'riotously candid' Sunday Times

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Westminster diaries are judged on three levels: the details they leak, the political era they re-create and the central character of the author.

There is much sniggering public schoolboy sex chat – jokes about the size of fellow MPs’ honourable members, referring to the current health secretary as Matt Hands on Cock – and a startling moment on a Cornish coastal walk with the Camerons, where the then prime minister asks Sasha not to walk in front of him because her perfume makes him want to “push you into the bushes and give you one”.Perennials PERENNIALS constant friends A selection of novels, memoirs and more by some of our favourite authors. After all, this is the same Dave who on another now-infamous occasion blamed pheromones for wanting to drag her into nearby bushes to “give her one”.

We read of parties in Cornwall, dinner parties with the Prince of Wales, shooting parties, Russian oligarch parties, parties with Tony Blair, Rupert Murdoch, and Murdoch's former wife, Wendy Deng. The author clearly was part of David Cameron’s inner circle and completely in the confidence of her husband throughout his years as an MP and junior minister.The pesky MP's wife may have a better sense of public taste than all the players strutting on the political stage. Just once in a while a book comes long which allows the hot-polloi to peep behind the curtain and see the machinery of the theatre of British political life. In 500-odd pages of deftly edited diary entries covering her observations and conversations during the tumultuous years of 2010 to 2019, she lifts the veil on the doings of a political class that is difficult to like, admire or respect. I bought this book cheap, intending to skim read interesting bits, but ended up reading it cover-to-cover. My belief is that Mrs Thatcher, furious at the fact Nott’s proposed Naval cuts may have encouraged the Argentines to invade, refused his resignation and made him stay on as Defence Secretary throughout the Falklands War as a sort of punishment.

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