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John Major: The Autobiography Major s early life was extraordinary his rise through Parliament meteoric Soon a favourite of Margaret Thatcher, he became Foreign Secretary and then Chancellor of the Exchequer When Thatcher fell, he fought and won a shrewd campaign to succeed her [PDF / Epub] ☉ Book Lover Author Jennifer Kaufman – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk he became Foreign Secretary and then Chancellor of the Exchequer When Thatcher fell ★ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector PDF / Epub ✪ Author Delores Fossen – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk he fought and won a shrewd campaign to succeed her Spotlight on a ConservativeThis is an interesting insight into recent history, the story of one man s moderate Conservatism and the origins of the split over Europe which had finally come to a great on Brexit Well worth a read. If the market is to be believed, then this book is close to worthless You can actually pick up a paperback copy for a penny onThis is a lamentable as the memoir, at the very least, provides an interesting look at how political parties commit suicide under the strains of irreconcilable centrifugal forces.The key to understanding John Major s premiership is an offhand remark he made into a hot mic in Canada during a G7 meeting I run a coalition government Perhaps the use of the word If the market is to be believed, then this book is close to worthless You can actually pick up a paperback copy for a penny onThis is a lamentable as the memoir, at the very least, provides an interesting look at how political parties commit suicide under the strains of irreconcilable centrifugal forces.The key to understanding John Major s premiership is an offhand remark he made into a hot mic in Canada during a G7 meeting I run a coalition government Perhaps the use of the word run is inaccurate as that implies some sort of command and authority He had neither Though good leadership can fix a lot it can t fix everything He constantly reminds us of this limitation on nearly every page Such are the man s failings.His term started inauspiciously when Margret Thatcher died an unnatural political death The Conservative party s schizophrenia her legacy and the way forward produced ghastly divisions within the ruling party My feeling is that Major was chosen as a compromise candidate who could be easily controlled Thatcher even said in the papers that she was the backseat driver of his government One is stunned at Major s unwillingness to publicly attack his predecessor when humiliated thus Had the Conservatives lost the 92 election none of this would have mattered It actually would have been healthier as Ken Clarke and Michael Portillo have argued There would have been an end to Thatcherism Instead the victory was a perversion in that Major did not become a stronger leader with a concrete mandate in hand Instead, the pro and anti Thatcher factions each took the victory as vindication of their own positions and retrenched Major was left unenviably in the middle trying to hold it all together.As if that wasn t bad enough, the Black Wednesday episode shattered any credibility Mr Major earned in the 92 fight Of course, the way he tells it here Norman Lamont is to blame for the whole fiasco This is terribly inaccurate and is a case of not wanting to hold the soiled diaper It is, nonetheless, gripping to read From here it was a nonstop stay at the trauma ward Beset by constant rebellion from the so called euro skeptic faction, the government was totally reactive and unable to set the agenda.Above all, this is an extraordinarily sensitive and introspective person trying to exercise authority over a party that only respected force Forthan a decade preceding they were actively discouraged from building proper, independent political and administrative reflexes that form the bedrock of government by cabinet Instead, unknowing what to do what that freedom that Thatcher s departure gave them, they sniffed out any weakness and struck We are left, as he is, speculating about what could have been rather than what was And that is a tragedy worthy of pity but not our respect A truly revealing and at times very humorous account of a man, who history and conventional wisdom have derided as the boring bloke between Thatcher and Blair Instead, John Major was in power for six and a half years, during which some of the most important events of the post Cold War era occurred and that s before you even consider the pivotal role he played in the latter years of the Thatcher government Understanding Major s take on those events then is vitally important, and this au A truly revealing and at times very humorous account of a man, who history and conventional wisdom have derided as the boring bloke between Thatcher and Blair Instead, John Major was in power for six and a half years, during which some of the most important events of the post Cold War era occurred and that s before you even consider the pivotal role he played in the latter years of the Thatcher government Understanding Major s take on those events then is vitally important, and this autobiography unlike his successor s at times barely readable dirge Journey Major s attempt is a serious and eloquent defence of his time in Number 10 All autobiographies are exercises in self justification, but some come closer than others to painting a well rounded picture of the context in which decisions were made, and how events unfolded This book is one of those few that succeeds Isn t it funny how tastes can change over the years I m not talking about books this time though I only started reading political memoirs over the last five years or so but I always had an interest in politics even as a kid When I was twelve I could name every member of Margaret Thatcher s Cabinet I grew up in a family of Labour voters with a cloud hanging over the policies of Thatcher, especially in Scotland So when John Major was Prime Minister, everyone I knew pretty much hated the Tories Isn t it funny how tastes can change over the years I m not talking about books this time though I only started reading political memoirs over the last five years or so but I always had an interest in politics even as a kid When I was twelve I could name every member of Margaret Thatcher s Cabinet I grew up in a family of Labour voters with a cloud hanging over the policies of Thatcher, especially in Scotland So when John Major was Prime Minister, everyone I knew pretty much hated the Tories and thought they didn t do anything good for the ordinary person It is funny that it is my political leanings that have changed over the years and that is why I love reading about the 1980 s and 1990 s Now I can objectively see what the government was trying to do and the policies, fights, scandalsit is interesting to read and look back In most memoirs, I don t find much interest in the childhood years and the family tree but I have to admit that John Major s upbringing was different from most MP s His parents worked as circus performers and music hall stars so it was a far from conventional family life, and he talks about his father s children from other women in and out of his marriages Major was the family stage name which was adopted for John and he stuck with it He entered politics as a Conservative councillor in Brixton, fighting the infamous Rivers of Blood speech and standing up to racist candidates This part of the book was interesting as it set the tone for what Major was determined to fight against His rise through politics was very speedy and Major himself regrets that it all came about too quickly Having secured one of the safest Conservative seats in Britain, he swept into Parliament His jobs included PPS, working in the whip department, Social Security, Minister for the Disabled, and bringing reforms to winter fuel payments When Major reached the Treasury, Nigel Lawson was the first MP opposing the infamous Poll Tax both economically and politically so as a Treasury official, Major was arguing against the policy I always find it interesting to see who was for and against the policy The chapters about these different jobs were fascinating as Major goes into detail what the job entailed, his duties and what was generally going on with the government at the time.John Major was getting surgery for a wisdom tooth at the time the plot to unseat Margaret Thatcher was beginning so he was not at Parliament when the plotting was in full swing but he still tells what he saw and heard through visitors and phone calls It was Thatcher who promoted him to a job he did not want as Foreign Secretary but just as he was getting settled there and starting to enjoy it, Nigel Lawson resigned as Chancellor and Major was shocked to suddenly be promoted to the job he had always wanted He admits that he would have likedtime in both jobs before suddenly being in the frame for Prime Minister He was chosen to lead the party and country by a lot of his peers and with the full blessing of Thatcher who believed that he would be her man and continue her policies She was to be mistaken There are chapters dedicated to all the main events in his years in power including the Poll Tax discussions, The first Gulf War, The Citizen s Charter, Maastricht Treaty, 1992 General Election win, Black Wednesday, the National Lottery, the Northern Ireland peace process, the summits, Balkan War, fighting allegations of Tory sleaze, his put up or shut up challenge to his backbenchers and the 1997 loss to Labour He details how Labour stole Tory policies and how Tony Blair copied ideas from Major s own speeches so it seems that the popular soundbites Blair used came often from Major s speeches Blair was often seen as a Red Tory and I m starting to see why The other thing that interested me was of course Major s love of reading, talking of books as cherished friends to be picked up again and again, a sentiment I certainly agree with I loved the detail in this book John Major explains each policy, what it was intended to do, how it was implemented, what went right or wrong It gives the reader a greater understanding of the policies and the political issues that were going on It goes very much behind the scenes of the fights and scandals and the battles with the Tory right over Europe that derailed the government and helped them to lose an election It was fascinating from start to finish yet written so that the ordinary person can understand even the most complex financial issues It was a brilliant read and my first five star book of the year

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