Tony Blair's least favourite colleague casts a mordant eye on whips and rebels, wars and liberties, spin and patronage, and expenses and legacies.
Bob Marshall-Andrews looks at the sombre events of the last thirteen years including wars in Kosovo and Iraq, sustained assaults on ancient English liberties, and the worst scandal of recent political history. He reveals the stories that lie behind them and the Westminster dramas of intrigue, triumph and disaster. He describes the delights and trials of his work as constituency MP and examines his own and others'motives for entering politics: should the ambition, he asks, be to achieve power or to control it. Bob Marshall-Andrews breathes new life into the old values of libertarian socialism.Off Messageis as provocative and entertaining as its author's campaigns and interventions.
Bob Marshall-Andrews joined the Labour Party in 1971. He entered Parliament as the member for Medway in 1997 and quickly gained a reputation on the libertarian left by repeated rebellions against the government especially on legal issues. He is a frequent panellist on the satirical news quizHave I Got News For Youand a regular contributor to the national press. He is a barrister, was appointed QC in 1987 and has prosecuted and defended most forms of serious crime.
'Full of wit, warmth, wisdom - and wine.', Ian Hislop
'Impassioned and witty...We should be grateful for what this marvellous and monumental maverick achieved and now for this jolly book that is fiery in all the right places', Christopher Silvester, Daily Express
'passionate, whimsical and highly entertaining', John Kampfner, Observer
'One of the most entertaining, irreverent, and magnificently self-indulgent political memoirs to emerge from the New Labour era', Chris Mullin, Times