Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story of Brexit
Craig Oliver worked with all the players, including David Cameron, George Osbourne, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Theresa May and Peter Mand...more
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'Remainer' organisers tried using fear tactics, threatening a one-off referendum, no second chances, to coerce the electorate to vote 'remain,' but are now backsliding non-stop to reverse the decision.
Cameron's last meeting with Merkel after the referendum show how dogmatic about open migration she was. this sh ...more
I guess that wasn't really what I was after when I ordered it, though. It is such an insider's view that we are introduced to a huge range of characters, the vast majority of whom were not major players in the events. And for someone who is just interested in an analysis of why it all happened the way it did, I must admit it was a case of massively too much detail.
It seems to me that you would have to be a complete political ...more
When the referendum took place over 4 years ago, I was only a wee lad. Still am! 😂 British politics weren’t one of my interests, I was playing games all day long and I was still homeschooled.
Though ever since I grew older, coupled with my increasing fondness for England, I had read more about Brexit and right now am witnessing a terrific comedy show going on at Number 10. It’s an utter shambles. I’ve always thought that Leave winning ...more
1 - Brexit isn't over yet so it's too early for any conclusions
2 - Impartiality will be difficult on such a divisive issue
The book gets around the first point by not actually being about Brexit - it's actually about the EU referendum. (The cover image has a subtitle '... of the EU Referendum' though my copy says '... Brexit')
With regard to the second point: There's absolutely no attempt at impartiality. To be ...more
David Cameron is presented in a very positive light and clearly the author has a very good opinion of him. I am not entirely sure it is justified.
The part I appreciated the most was the realistic presentation of the bafflement of the Remain campaign in regards to the lengths the Leave campaign was willing to go to an ...more
Craig Oliver's experience as a senior government media representative who is talented at preparing and communicating extremely complex and emotional political facts for the public at large is immediately recognizable, so I don't have a lot to add.
The only thing I would highlight, perhaps, is the following ...more
I found the book somewhat repetitive as the months leading towards the final date in June 2016 are detailed. At times it seemed to be a very one sided story and even now trying to remember some of the news items it was difficult to recall the facts. I had no idea how much emphasis was placed on speech writing, creating Bullet Points to push without definitive explained detail, and the amount of rehearsal to be carried out....if you wore a jacket , it sent a message ...more
As in the entire Brexit saga, nothing too edifying.
Not even British prose with its supposed differences from the American can save the reader from the trainwreck that was Brexit. At least, without flinching or making excuses, Craig Oliver explains why momentum inevitably led David Cameron t ...more
It is not well written and it is a bit baggy like an unedited diary, but the daily debacl ...more
Be prepared to read phrases like "Everyone agreed with me" and "Everyone said what a great job I was doing" and constant ...more
Definitely frustrating at times, but I think that's more a function of my feelings about Brexit than my feelings ab ...more
Some well known people come out of this story well, certain other ...more