By John O'Farrell

ISBN-10: 1409020770

ISBN-13: 9781409020776

Like bubonic plague and stone cladding, no-one took Margaret Thatcher heavily until eventually it was once too overdue. Her first act as chief used to be to seem prior to the cameras and do a V for Victory signal the other way around. She was once smiling and telling the British humans to f*** off even as. It used to be anything we'd need to get used to.'

Things Can simply recover is the private account of a Labour supporter who survived eighteen depressing years of Conservative executive. it's the heartbreaking and hilarious confessions of somebody who has been actively concerned with aiding the Labour occasion lose elections at each point: university candidate: door-to-door canvasser: operating for a Labour MP in the home of Commons; status as a council candidate; and at last writing jokes for a shadow cupboard minister.

Along the best way he slowly got here to grasp that Michael Foot may by no means be top Minister, that vegetable quiche was once now not as tasty as chook tikki masala and that the nuclear palms race used to be by no means going to be stopped by way of face portray on my own.

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There is something perverse in the fact that the task of making the world a happier place required us to stop having fun. I was opposed to all forms of art that had no worthy political message, opposed to sport as an irrel­ evant distraction, and against most other forms of leisure on the grounds that they probably involved having to make small talk with Tories somewhere along the line. But although we were dedicated to making the world a better place, we never actually did anything constructive to help this happen.

I was not yet a member of the party and could take no part in the contest. But as an observer I felt like one of those girlfriends who stand on the edge of fights in pub car parks shouting, 'Leave it, Gary! Stop it, all of you! ' In July there were riots all over Britain. No effective protest to rising unemployment was coming from the infighting Labour Party – it seemed as if the petrol bombs were the only voice the growing underclass had left. As far as this nineteen-year-old was concerned the most effective opposition to Her Majesty's Government came from The Specials who with impeccable timing got to number one with 'Ghost Town' just as Toxteth and Brixton were burning to the ground.

I surmised that if the people of the world had the human equivalent of what these lucky free-range hens had had, then we could all live together in a happy non-violent egg-laying paradise. ' 'Oh yes – it's worth paying the little bit extra just for that. . ' Politics ran through everything. Any conversation would be diverted on to the problems of capitalism and the Tightness of the left's cause. Some young men are obsessed with a football team, some are obsessed with a rock group; I was obsessed with socialism.

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