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Momentum: The Struggle For Peace, Politics And The People

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In this text, Mo Mowlam tells the story of her time in government in her own words.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 1st 2003 (first published January 1st 2002)
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Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, feminism
This is an open and honest account of Mo's life leading up to the Labour victory in 1997, her time as the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and her time following in the Cabinet Office. It is blunt and to the point and is written in the same style as Mo handled her political and private life. The insight into the politics and wrangling of the Good Friday Agreement show the complexity of the situation and the sheer effort required on the part of all those involved to make headway, although ...more
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
These are the political memoirs of Mo Mowlam, detailing her time in Northern Ireland (including the time before government when she was Shadow NI minister) and afterwards in the Cabinet Office. She's a very good writer, with a personal style that still gets across everything that she wants to clearly. She pulls few punches and makes it clear that she was forced out of the Northern Ireland office while she still felt that she had a lot to contribute to the process. I was reading this just at the ...more
Drew Pyke
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I managed to get a free copy of this from Mo herself when I saw her at a talk in Hastings when I was a student (or rather she got the BBC to pay for it). This is probably the most honest account of the New Labour project you're likely to read. Some suggested that this book is a rant and angst ridden, but now it is common knowledge how Mandleson and Blair were all about power and everything to keep hold of it. You also get from this book the inside swoop on the Good Friday agreement and its major ...more
Oct 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Mo looked like an inspiriational woman so I picked up this book. A whizz through her time as NI Secretary whilst she battled a brain tumour followed by cancer.

As the book went all I felt a little let down. All you can read is that she had her hands tied behind her back and the arrogance of No10 (Tony Blair and his cohoots) were just astounding and that backstabbing Peter Mandelson. The book came good though towards the end. You saw that she really made the difference in NI and well done Mo. She
Mary Arkless
It has taken me a long, long time, but I have finally finished this book. It overwhelmed me sometimes, perhaps because there are so many names mentioned, so many people involved in the peace process and everywhere Mo Mowlam went. Mo was an impressive person and politician and a cornerstone of the Good Friday Agreement. Her efforts lead to a great reduction in violence. I really respect her and wish her illness hadn't won.
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Well I think I only understand the complex issues surrounding Northern Ireland marginally better than I did before listening to this audiobook, but I enjoyed Mo's honest and heartfelt account of her time in office nevertheless.

From what she writes here, she sounds like a fantastic, intelligent, down-to-earth and driven lady who really cared about her constituents and the people affected by government policies. A great loss to British politics and society.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
not my usual sort of read, but book club made me.
I had trouble taking this seriously, it seemed to me to be written in a chatty informal, easy to read way, that meant I didnt have to concentrate too hard on what was going on, meaning I never fully understood what was going on with the whole process.
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it

A little hard to follow. Irish politics. Brave and honourable woman.

how come all the politicians with integrity die?
Pat Schakelvoort
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
The personal stuff is pretty boring, the rest doesn't give really interesting information. It could have gone more content wise.
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British Labour Party politician. She was MP for Redcar from 1987 to 2001.

Mowlam served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

Mowlam's time as Northern Ireland Secretary saw the signing of the historic Good Friday Peace Agreement in 1998.
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