By Tim Shipman
'The top political e-book of the 12 months' ANDREW MARR the 1st booklet to inform the total tale of the way and why Britain voted to depart the european. in response to unrivalled entry to the entire key politicians and their advisors - together with Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, George Osborne, Nigel Farage and Dominic Cummings, the mastermind of Vote go away - Tim Shipman has written a political historical past that reads like a mystery, and provides a gripping, daily account of what relatively occurred behind-the-scenes in Downing highway, either go away campaigns, the Labour social gathering, Ukip and Britain superior in Europe. Shipman offers his readers a ringside seat on how judgements have been made, error justified and betrayals perpetrated. choked with tales, anecdotes and juicy leaks the e-book doesn't search to deal with the rights and wrongs of Brexit yet to discover how and why David Cameron selected to take the most important political gamble of his existence and clarify why he misplaced. it is a tale of calculation, tried coups, participants torn among ideas and loyalty. the entire occasions are the following - from David Cameron's pledge to carry a referendum, via to the crusade itself, his resignation as best minister, the betrayals and rivalries that happened in the course of the race to discover his successor to the arriving of Theresa may perhaps in Downing road as Britain's moment girl top minister. All Out battle is a ebook approximately leaders and their closest aides, the choices they make and the way and why they lead them to, in addition to how they believe after they grow to be flawed. it's approximately males who make judgements which are intellectually constant and - through their very own degree - morally sound which are at the same time disastrous for themselves and people closest to them. it really is approximately how doing what you recognize has labored ahead of does not continually paintings back. so much of all it really is approximately asking the query: how a long way are you ready to visit win?
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Once again he had neither settled the issue to the satisfaction of his critics, nor properly confronted them. When Cameron told Nick Clegg about the article, the deputy prime minister told him he was ‘crazy’ to think he could buy off his critics. ‘I have to do this,’ Cameron insisted. ’11 Viewed after the political bloodbath that followed, the notion that holding a referendum might calm Tory divisions was farcically naïve. It was the rise of the UK Independence Party (Ukip), and growing concern about immigration, that finally forced Cameron’s hand.
If this book in any way goes beyond journalism – and I make no such claims – it is unashamedly elitist history. It is a book about leaders and their closest aides, the decisions they make, how and why they make them, and how they feel when they turn out to be wrong. It is about dilemmas faced and confronted. It is about the battle between self and team. It is about principle and ambition, and how the two are sometimes so indivisible as to make divining motive pointless. It is about men who make decisions that are intellectually consistent and – by their own measure – morally sound, but which are simultaneously disastrous for themselves and those closest to them.
At each turn, Remain was falling two to four points below expectations. Cameron’s inner circle pinned their hopes on good results in Scotland and London. ’ But while Remain was winning big in its heartlands, turnout was lower than required. In Leave’s strongholds, three million people who never usually voted had turned out. Gradually, and with a minimum of drama, hope began to fade. ‘There was no panic,’ one young adviser remarked, just a strange and creeping realisation that everything was going wrong, that the gamble had failed.
All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s Political Class by Tim Shipman