Magazine article The Spectator

BOO K E N D S Hell Hath No Fury. .

Magazine article The Spectator

BOO K E N D S Hell Hath No Fury. .

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We a l l know Edw ina Cu r r ie a s a shrill, tasteless, attention-seeking Thatcherite nuisance from Liverpool. But the private Edwina - a s revea led in her Diaries:

Volume II, 1992-97 (Biteback, £20) - is thoughtful, engaging, witty, k ind-hea r ted and , pol it ica l ly, very a stute . Ha s anyone f ramed a neater ana lysi s o f John Major 's id iot ic 'Back to Basics' drive than this? 'It outlawed the one protective factor the Tory party has always relied on - hypocrisy.'

She watches senior colleagues plotting to replace him during the mid-1990s, and she sums them up with lethal concision. Michael Por t i l lo : 'very steely, very cool, very unpleasant'. Ken Clarke: 'fine brain . . . la zy cha racter '. John Redwood :

'disloyalty is his only trump card.'

Michael Howa rd : 'God , i f the pa r ty choose him it'll be in the wilderness forever. …

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