For the record

David Cameron’s remarkably accessible memoir

Paul Marais

Paul Marais

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For the record

Cameron’s recently-released autobiography is brilliantly, remarkably accessible; unlike so many others of its type where empty political jargon (BS bingo, anyone?) renders the content practically impenetrable.

For the RecordThough David Cameron’s political career is likely to be defined almost exclusively by theoutcome of the referendum on British independence from the European Union (the Brexit referendum, not Megxit) and its aftermath, there is so much more to his career than what he argues in For the Record to have been an inevitable decision-making process for British subjects*. Amongst others, Cameron’s time as Prime Minister included the MP expenses scandal, the illegal phone-tapping controversy, the Scottish independence referendum, legalizing gay marriage and the war in Syria.

For the political academics amongst our readership, Cameron’s memoir is highly instructive about acting as formal opposition, forming minority and coalition governments, as well governance as an outright majority and the horse-trading that goes with all of that.

Across its 700-odd pages, he reveals the inner workings of 11 Downing Street in elegant prose. And, yes, 11, as Cameron did an incredible amount of work at the kitchen table of the ‘flat’ next door to the far better-known black door of 10 Downing Street.

*For an alternate take on For the Record, read this review from the Guardian.


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