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Summary

The explosive diaries of a former Tory minister.

As minister of state at the foreign office, Alan Duncan was once described as Boris Johnson’s ‘pooper-scooper’. For two years, he deputised for the then foreign secretary, now prime minister. Few are more attuned to Boris’ strengths and weaknesses as a minister and his suitability for high office than the man who helped clear up his mistakes. 

Riotously candid, these diaries cover the most turbulent period in recent British political history - from the eve of the referendum in 2016 to the UK’s eventual exit from the EU. As two prime ministers fall, two general elections unfold and a no-confidence vote is survived, Duncan records a treasure-trove of insider gossip, giving biting and often hilarious accounts of petty rivalries, poor decision-making, big egos and big crises.

Nothing escapes Alan’s acerbic gaze. Across these unfiltered daily entries, he builds a revealing and often profound picture of UK politics and personalities. A rich seam of high politics and low intrigue, this is an account from deep inside the engine room of power.

©2021 Alan Duncan (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"Sensational.... Johnson’s Cabinet [has been] rocked.... It is unprecedented for a politician to lift the lid on feuding in the corridors of power so soon after leaving office.... One of the most explosive political diaries ever to be published.... Candid, caustic and colourful.... In the style of great political diaries like those by Clark or Chips Channon that capture the spirit of the age. The political memoir of the year." (Daily Mail)

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  • 16-04-21

Yes, dull.

I tried, but didn’t last long with this, mainly because Alan Duncan evidently finds himself a lot more interesting and amusing than anyone else could. These diaries have been touted as explosive, but they’re really rather dull.

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OMG How dull!

This book hasn’t any discernible qualities. It is quite literally Alan Duncan reading his diary verbatim. There is no flow due to the fact that after just a few sentences, there is a pause followed by a new date and location and then another few crimped sentences and so on... life is too short to listen to all 23 hours of Alan’s monotones.

I listened to 20 minutes of this and the skipped to second to last chapter for some “meat” regarding the 2019 election, but alas...

This is just a set of notes with no context and zero entertainment value.

I like the fact I can return it and get my credit back.