'In politics, the first rule is to survive," says Labour's longest-serving Cabinet minister, Jack Straw, "and you don't survive by being too interesting." It's not been a great year for political books.
'In politics, the first rule is to survive,\" says Labour's longest-serving Cabinet minister, Jack Straw, \"and you don't survive by being too interesting.\" It's not been a great year for political books.
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Review: Iain Macwhirter
But sometimes bad books can be more interesting than your run-of-the-mill masterpiece. Straw's Last Man Standing (Macmillan, £20) tells us more than we needed to know about hypocrisy, the pettiness of politics and just how easy it is to start a war you didn't want. Straw, it turns out, wasn't actually in favour of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. This might come as a surprise to many since, as foreign secretary, he was directly responsible for Britain's participation in it.
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