All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s by Tim Shipman

By Tim Shipman

'The most sensible political ebook of the 12 months' ANDREW MARR the 1st ebook to inform the total tale of ways and why Britain voted to go away the european. in response to unrivalled entry to all of the 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 heritage that reads like a mystery, and gives a gripping, daily account of what relatively occurred behind-the-scenes in Downing road, either depart campaigns, the Labour social gathering, Ukip and Britain more suitable in Europe. Shipman supplies his readers a ringside seat on how judgements have been made, blunders justified and betrayals perpetrated. full of tales, anecdotes and juicy leaks the ebook doesn't search to handle the rights and wrongs of Brexit yet to discover how and why David Cameron selected to take the largest political gamble of his existence and clarify why he misplaced. it is a tale of calculation, tried coups, contributors torn among rules 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 well in Downing highway as Britain's moment girl major minister. All Out struggle is a ebook approximately leaders and their closest aides, the selections they make and the way and why they lead them to, in addition to how they suppose once they become incorrect. it really is 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 prior to does not regularly paintings back. so much of all it truly is approximately asking the query: how a ways are you ready to visit win?

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Cameron looked as if he was working too, peering down at a laptop. ‘I’d never seen him on a computer before,’ one friend said. Cameron was poring over a list drawn up by Jim Messina, the US voter-targeting expert who had helped both Barack Obama and Cameron get re-elected. His model showed how well the Remain team would have to do in each area of the country to win. 3 per cent. The Downing Street staff looked at Messina’s model and saw that they needed a 52–48 win. A hoped-for four-point lead had evaporated into a margin of less than two points.

Cameron’s pledge to reduce net annual immigration to the ‘tens of thousands’ a year became untenable. The pressure this brought to bear on public services, coupled with the growing public view that yet another politician’s promise was worthless, was deftly exploited by the blokeish but charismatic Ukip leader Nigel Farage, whose ‘people’s army’ combined traditional EU constitutionalist pub bores with an anti-establishment grassroots movement that tapped into broader discontent with the Westminster elite.

In 2006 he described members of the UK Independence Party as ‘a bunch of fruitcakes and loonies and closet racists’. That not only made a mortal enemy of Ukip’s leader Nigel Farage, but contributed to a belief among the Palaeosceptic – a term I hope describes their longevity without implying that they were old-fashioned – old guard (not unfounded) that he viewed them the same way. Daniel Hannan, the Conservative MEP who was the intellectual godfather of what would become the Leave campaign, first met Cameron when he was running the Conservative Research Department in the early 1990s.

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