My Story : My Life in the Bear Pit
Born into a working-class family in Sheffield, David Blunkett rose to one of the highest political positions in the country. "My Story" is an intimate diary of his years at the centre of power and is all the more remarkable for his daily challenge of working without sight. With characteristic bluntness, Blunkett reveals the inside story of New Labour, his relationships with key Cabinet colleagues and the hurly-burly of day-to-day politics. Woven in are Blunkett's unflinchingly frank personal reflections. Rarely does a politician so willingly admit where he went wrong and what he should have done better. From the blistering confidence of New Labour's early days, through the troubled years that led to his two resignations, "My Story" relates the journey of one of the most fascinating politicians of our time.
- 129 x 198mm
- 01 Sep 2011
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
'Blunkett gives us a very accurate account of what it is like to be a cabinet minister in our modern world' Stephen Byers, New Statesman 'Interesting for two reasons. It offers the first authoritative insider's glimpse of the personal and collective ambitions, ambiguities, rivalries and human frailties of the politicians who have been part of the Blair "project" Second - here's an account of the first blind statesman who has risen to power' Times Educational Supplement 'Revealing about the extraordinary, flawed characters with power over us and how the pressures of governing can drive them to the cusp of madness' Andrew Rawnsley, Guardian Books of the Year 'A fascinating historical document of a political era' Best Books of 2006, London Paper
About David Blunkett
David Blunkett worked for eighteen years as a member of Sheffield City Council, and was elected as the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside in 1987. Following the 1997 Labour election victory, David became Secretary of State for Education and Employment and from June 2001 to December 2004 David was Home Secretary. He returned to the Cabinet in May 2005, where as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions he set a clear vision for reform of the welfare state and established a nationwide debate to find a long-term solution to pensions challenges.