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The Right to Rule

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399810296

Price: £25

ON SALE: 28th September 2023

Genre: Society & Social Sciences / Politics & Government / Political Parties

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The explosive full story of the past dozen years of Tory rule, from coalition to self-destruction.

Over the last decade, the British people have seen five different Conservative Prime Ministers, with five different missions and five messages to the nation. From the ashes of a financial crisis, to a break from the EU, to a global pandemic, governments – and ideologies – have changed, but Tory power has clung on. Merciless rebellion and the swift ousting of leaders have enabled this, and yet the same ruthlessness may ultimately bring about their downfall.

Witty, hair-raising and brilliantly sourced, The Right to Rule links as never before stories of betrayal in Cameron’s Coalition, the rifts behind the Referendum, the travails of May, the chaos of the pandemic, the sagas of Johnson, the Truss implosion and the Sunak patch-job.

Through his unique access and unmissable inside stories, acclaimed Westminster journalist Ben Riley-Smith’s explosive account is essential for anyone wondering how the Tories kept changing, kept revolting – and kept winning. This is the entertaining and dramatic account of our times, for anyone wondering how Britain got into this state.

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A brilliant encapsulation of thirteen years
Andrew Marr
Jon Sopel
A grippingly-written, detailed book that answers so many questions
Isabel Hardman
Insightful, authoritative and incredibly readable. It had me open-mouthed with amazement
Ed Balls
Evan Davis
Marvellous . . . Packed with insight, gossip and candid reflections from the major players
Stephen Bush
Expertly explains how a governing party mainly skilled in backstabbing survived in power
Michael Portillo
A wonderfully written canter through an extraordinary decade and a bit. Highly recommended
Chris Mason
Future historians will take Ben Riley-Smith's lucid and riveting book as their guide
Alan Johnson
Colourful and richly researched
Rafael Behr
Riley-Smith is an excellent, pithy writer with a knack for a telling phrase
Daily Telegraph
A sharp insider account of the long Tory reign
New Statesman
Terrific. Not all political books are page-turners. This really is. It will be a while before it's bettered. It is really excellent
Matthew d'Ancona
Filled with chaos, rebellion, infighting, backbiting and catastrophe and much more. Interesting . . . a cracking read
Financial Times, 'Readers' Best Books of 2023'
Future historians will refer to this study in cynicism and clever reinvention
Daily Telegraph, 50 Best Books of 2023
Riley-Smith is an excellent, pithy writer with a knack for a telling phrase . . . it will remain among the best books written about the chaos and carnage of the last 13 years
Daily Telegraph