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Alistair Darling's: Back From the Brink

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This is Alistair Darling's rather good book on the Banking Crisis which took over his life whilst Chancellor of The Exchequer. It has been widely reviewed and favourably too.

Alistair isn't quite the dour Scot people make him out to be but he is a no nonsense sort of guy with a very safe pair of hands which he displayed in all his senior political positions in the Cabinet (Treasury/Social Security/Works & Pensions/Transport & Treasury again). Indeed only Jack Straw and Gordon Brown also stayed the distance. His comments on some of Brown's coterie are bang on and resonate with how I also found them. The disappointment for all of us is why Brown failed as a PM given how long he had to prepare. We had such high expectations. Darling's book shines a very large beam on why his relationship with the PM became so fractious.

A must-read.


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