A Walk-on Part: Diaries 1994-1999 by Chris Mullin

By Chris Mullin

During this name, convinced Minister meets Alan Clark. The 3rd and ultimate quantity of Chris Mullin's acclaimed diaries starts off at the evening John Smith died in may well 1994, and maintains till the instant of Mullin's assumption into executive in July 1999. including the bestselling "A View from the Foothills" and "Decline & Fall", the full trilogy covers the increase and fall of recent Labour from begin to end. Witty, dependent and wickedly indiscreet, the Mullin diaries are commonly reckoned to be the simplest account of the hot Labour period. "Every as soon as in a while", wrote David Cameron, "political diaries emerge which are so irreverent and insightful that they're destined to be passed out as leaving offers throughout Whitehall for years to come".

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The police were going to make no attempt to move us, they were just going to let us sit in the snow. All day. This was an outrageous piece of provocative behaviour on the part of the Cambridgeshire police. A total failure to do their duty as police officers, which was to arrest us, manhandle us into vans, and tell us that 'we did not have to say any­ thing but anything we did say et cetera' – all scenarios that we were prepared for and knew how to respond to. I had spent an entire weekend learning how to go all floppy when two policemen try to drag you away.

And look over there, there's thousands coming up Park Lane' – and the tannoy would announce that there were still people who hadn't set off from the Embankment yet, and a huge cheer would go up. And you'd jump up on a litter bin or a bench and look around and just marvel at how many people cared enough to come from all over the country to stand in a field and say, 'I'm here because it's import­ ant. There were plenty of other things I could have been doing but this is more important. ' And all sorts of people felt strongly enough to do this.

I knew what 100,000 people looked like – I'd been to Knebworth to see Led Zeppelin, to Wembley to see The Who and to Slough Tech to see John Otway. There were at least two hundred thousand in Hyde Park on several of the demonstrations I went on and it felt uplifting and exhilarating to be surrounded by so many people who felt the same way as you. There was a moment as you entered the park when the scale of it all just hit you. In every direction thousands and thousands of people – 'Look over there, there's a whole new march coming in .

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