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Power Trip: A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin [Format Kindle]

Damian McBride

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The must-read political book of the year, Power Trip is the explosive new memoir from one of Westminster’s most controversial figures. From 1999 to 2009, Damian McBride worked at the heart of the Treasury and No. 10 as a pivotal member of Gordon Brown’s inner circle before a notorious scandal propelled him out of Downing Street and onto the front pages. Known by friend and foe as ‘Mad Dog’ or ‘McPoison’, Brown’s right-hand man demonstrated a ruthless desire to protect and promote New Labour’s number two, whatever the cost. Laying bare his journey from naive civil servant to disgraced spin-doctor, McBride writes candidly about his experiences at the elbows of Brown, Balls and Miliband, detailing the internecine feuds, political plots and media manipulation that lay at New Labour’s core. The first genuine insider account of the Brownite camp, Power Trip is an eye-watering exposé of British politics and a compelling story of the struggles and scandals that populate the political world.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best political insider in years. Loved it. 25 septembre 2013
Par Bookie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When I heard that Damian McBride was going to write about his time behind the scenes as an adviser and spin doctor to the Brown regime, I was intrigued. Would this be divine retribution from a disaffected former civil servant, unceremoniously dumped from his post following publication of some duplicitous emails? Or would it be an honest and open account of politics, power and personality?
The pre publication posturing, positing and distancing by some has been absolutely fascinating. Political maneuvering and machination at its finest!

What a totally absorbing and remarkable read. Mr McBride is a consummate storyteller and he has a tale to tell. It's gripping stuff. Carnage in the corridors of power and it gets worse with every passing month! It's pure pantomime politics. An easy narrative style laced with expletives makes this a tour de force. From the first page, he presents as a bit of an outsider. Not, at first glance, one likely to walk the corridors of Whitehall, privy to the innermost thoughts and actions of the most powerful individuals in the country. Damian's one of the lads. He likes a pint, a bit of a ruck and as a Cambridge graduate, was perhaps destined for something very different as a career. But he got the Civil Service calling card. In a self effacing narrative, he explains how he fell into a Fast Stream post. One of the great and glorious, in Civil Service terms, but he rightly explains his reservations about the selection system and how it could be improved.

Damian has an immediate grasp of the ways of the Whitehall world. As a junior civil servant, he quickly makes his mark. I found his honesty disarming. He understood how to oil wheels. More importantly, whose wheels to oil to ensure his own advancement. His rapid promotion and success early in his career was down to his ability, intellect and a dash of opportunism.

He became an integral part of the government machinery. He was entrusted and relied upon by those with their own political and personal agenda. He was running with the wolves. There was a sense that at some point his downfall was inevitable and a couple of times I wanted to shout, 'They're behind you!' One day, the mark was overstepped a disingenuous email too far and he became the sacrificial lamb, dropped like the proverbial hot potato.

Over the years, I've read books by former PM's, Ministers, 'spin doctors' and others. This feels like a very honest account. The frenzy of briefings and point scoring is captured to a T. The in fighting and machinations are captured along with moments of elation and bitter acceptance when the show was over. I have a better understanding of some of the individuals involved. Gordon Brown's warmth was unexpected. The extent to which some have sought to distance themselves or criticise the revelations speaks more of their failings and certainly influences my view of them. It seems those with most to fear are shouting the loudest.

This is a warts and all story. At times, Damian comes across as quite self satisfied and totally manipulative. His drinking must have salved his conscience on occasion. But it's also a remarkable account of how British politics really works. How policy translates into legislation and who pulls the strings and who. Read it at your peril; some of the exchanges and shenanigans are almost beyond belief. These are Britain's so called finest...

In summary, it's a well written, readable, rollicking and honest account, full of insight both personally and politically. I really enjoyed it. Call me stupid, but I believe most of it came from the heart. No duplicity or double dealing and I'll be happily recommending it. If you want to know how power works in practice, read this and understand how we're all manipulated. It's an endearing indictment of the maxim that power corrupts and absolute power... Thanks and good luck Mr McBride. A rewarding and entertaining read.

Copy of my Amazon UK review. For non UK readers, this is the real deal; how politics in Britain really works.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Everything what's wrong with politics 1 février 2014
Par Zafke - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Written by a man who isn't even remotely sorry about what he's done. I didn't feel comfortable when reading this.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant and disturbing 22 avril 2014
Par Albert Einstein - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
McBride is clearly highly intelligent and a first- class writer. He is also competitive to the point of paranoia, as he explains in the opening section on his time at Cambridge. From the start he is vicious and unscrupulous (although he rather feebly tries to blame his disgraceful political behaviour on the culture of politics: one gets the impression he was the culprit rather than the victim). But far more worrying is the fact that the Civil Service recruitment process failed to weed out such a flawed character, and that the likes of Gordon Brown, Ed Miliband and Ed Balls were prepared to let him loose even after he had earned the well-earned nickname "Mad Dog". Combining this with the News of the World scandal and the current iinvestigation into the activities of Andy Coulson, the reader is left wondering just how rotten our political news processes are and to what extent our political leaders are corrupted by them.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 good analysis 15 janvier 2014
Par karsten - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
McBride provides a close-up analysis of his direct experiences in British Government, warts and all. Very good read and provides insights into power, personalities and corruption.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 McBride's book - a Molotov cocktail 2 décembre 2013
Par John West - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
fast moving book and well written. Indicates well what a crazy world politics is. Mr McBride is still a young man and I hope his come back will be equally fast
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