A modern Conservative long before? The Conservative party became modern . . .
Chastised by Margaret Thatcher for jumping into the Thames to save a dog, Matthew Parris was never destined for high office. In fact his life choices suggest he was an outsider even when he was in: he turned down MI6 because he was gay - only to become a Tory MP. Yet his years on the backbenches and as a parliamentary sketch writer and columnist have placed him in a unique position - part participant, part bystander - to witness Westminster and all its foibles.
In this expanded new edition Parris reflects on a decade which has seen tremendous changes in his personal life (the death of his father; a civil partnership) and in the public life about which he still writes: the fall of Labour, the financial crisis and the current turmoil in a Tory party which still retains his loyalty but which exasperates him beyond measure.
Winner of the Channel 4/Politico's Political Book of the Year Award