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Inside Out (book)


As General Secretary of the Labour Party Peter Watt, was at the heart of government and witnessed one of the most tumultuous periods in recent political history. Not only did he oversee the successful transition of the Premiership from Tony Blair to Gordon Brown, he also arranged the election that never wasA" whose last-minute bottling by Brown so damaged his standing as PM, and had to rescue the Party when it was a mere twelve hours from bankruptcy. He was also closely involved in two of the biggest political scandals of the Labour administration: cash for peerages and the Abrahams donorgateA" affair. For the latter, Watt was thrown to the wolves by Gordon Brown, his loyalty repaid with a forced resignation and the imminent threat of prison. During this period Watt also had to battle to save a marriage cracking under the strain of the job, overcome the sudden death of his father, care for vulnerable foster children and cope with the emotional roller-coaster of IVF treatment with his wife. Inside Out is the ultimate insider expose: a no-holds-barred account of the spectacular decline of the most effective party political machine of modern times and an intimate viewpoint into the highly flawed personalities at the heart of government, including the country's two most recent Prime Ministers. [1]