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Inside Story: Forty Years in Politics

Philip Webster

From one of the greatest political journalists of recent times, an insider’s account of four decades of covering the British political scene, packed with tales of the biggest political happenings of the last half century.Philip Webster covered politics for The Times newspaper for 43 years, including 18 years as its political editor. He has been at the centre of all the big stories of the past four decades – the fall of Labour in 1979, the rise and fall of Margaret Thatcher, the emergence and fall of John Major, the rise and fall of Tony Blair and his wars with Gordon Brown, the aftermath of 9/11, the war in Iraq, the fall of Brown, the rise and rise of David Cameron, and the shock election of Jeremy Corbyn.Beautifully illustrated with Peter Brookes’ cartoons, Webster offers fresh insight into the great stories of his time. He gives a frank and revelatory insider’s account of great political events since Michael Heseltine brandished the Mace, the night the Callaghan government fell, the day Sir Geoffrey Howe brought down Margaret Thatcher, the day Tony Blair said farewell, the night MPs voted for war in Iraq; and every Budget and autumn statement for 40 years.With the wit and geniality that has made him so many friends in politics, he reveals how stories came into his hands and how political journalism influences events as they unfolded. He has witnessed what he terms a golden age of political journalism and this book offers an intimate account of his trade. The essential handbook for anyone interested by the craft of journalism, ‘Inside Story’ reviews three decades of lead stories and the many politicians, great and small, that he has encountered.

From one of the greatest political journalists of recent times, an insider’s account of four decades of covering the British political scene, packed with tales of the biggest political happenings of the last half century.Philip Webster covered politics for The Times newspaper for 43 years, including 18 years as its political editor. He has been at the centre of all the big stories of the past four decades – the fall of Labour in 1979, the rise and fall of Margaret Thatcher, the emergence and fall of John Major, the rise and fall of Tony Blair and his wars with Gordon Brown, the aftermath of 9/11, the war in Iraq, the fall of Brown, the rise and rise of David Cameron, and the shock election of Jeremy Corbyn.Beautifully illustrated with Peter Brookes’ cartoons, Webster offers fresh insight into the great stories of his time. He gives a frank and revelatory insider’s account of great political events since Michael Heseltine brandished the Mace, the night the Callaghan government fell, the day Sir Geoffrey Howe brought down Margaret Thatcher, the day Tony Blair said farewell, the night MPs voted for war in Iraq; and every Budget and autumn statement for 40 years.With the wit and geniality that has made him so many friends in politics, he reveals how stories came into his hands and how political journalism influences events as they unfolded. He has witnessed what he terms a golden age of political journalism and this book offers an intimate account of his trade. The essential handbook for anyone interested by the craft of journalism, ‘Inside Story’ reviews three decades of lead stories and the many politicians, great and small, that he has encountered.
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From one of the greatest political journalists of recent times, an insider’s account of four decades of covering the British political scene, packed with tales of the biggest political happenings of the last half century.Philip Webster covered politics for The Times newspaper for 43 years, including 18 years as its political editor. He has been at the centre of all the big stories of the past four decades – the fall of Labour in 1979, the rise and fall of Margaret Thatcher, the emergence and fall of John Major, the rise and fall of Tony Blair and his wars with Gordon Brown, the aftermath of 9/11, the war in Iraq, the fall of Brown, the rise and rise of David Cameron, and the shock election of Jeremy Corbyn.Beautifully illustrated with Peter Brookes’ cartoons, Webster offers fresh insight into the great stories of his time. He gives a frank and revelatory insider’s account of great political events since Michael Heseltine brandished the Mace, the night the Callaghan government fell, the day Sir Geoffrey Howe brought down Margaret Thatcher, the day Tony Blair said farewell, the night MPs voted for war in Iraq; and every Budget and autumn statement for 40 years.With the wit and geniality that has made him so many friends in politics, he reveals how stories came into his hands and how political journalism influences events as they unfolded. He has witnessed what he terms a golden age of political journalism and this book offers an intimate account of his trade. The essential handbook for anyone interested by the craft of journalism, ‘Inside Story’ reviews three decades of lead stories and the many politicians, great and small, that he has encountered.

Language:

English

Length:

13h 25m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

50:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

11:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

10:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

22:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

14:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:04


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

27:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:36


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

12:23


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:09


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

13:31


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

37:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:09


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

13:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

10:25


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

10:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

14:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

18:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

20:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

11:32


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

29:50


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

16:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

13:00


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

10:20


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

16:59


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

19:05


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

23:20


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

14:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

16:44


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

21:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

14:54


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

14:13


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

12:21


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

23:29


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

15:38


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

15:45


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

00:35