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 Mandelson.
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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
'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 ...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 ...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, p ...more
It is not well written and it is a bit baggy like an unedited diary, but the ...more
Definitely frustrating at times, but I think that's more a function of my feelings about Brexit than my ...more
Some well known people come out of this story well, certain ...more
Be prepared to read phrases like "Everyone agreed with me" and "Everyone said what a great job I was doing" a ...more