The Prime Minister's Ironing Board and Other State Secrets: True Stories from the Government Archives

The Prime Minister s Ironing Board and Other State Secrets True Stories from the Government Archives Stored in Whitehall s archives are everything from blood chilling warnings of imminent nuclear attack to comical details of daily life in the corridors of power Concerned notes from ministers on the s

  • Title: The Prime Minister's Ironing Board and Other State Secrets: True Stories from the Government Archives
  • Author: Adam Macqueen
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  • Page: 194
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  • Stored in Whitehall s archives are everything from blood chilling warnings of imminent nuclear attack to comical details of daily life in the corridors of power Concerned notes from ministers on the subject of the Heir to the Throne s potential brainwashing by Welsh terrorists are shelved alongside worries about housemaids on the wobble at Chequers Detailed and surprisStored in Whitehall s archives are everything from blood chilling warnings of imminent nuclear attack to comical details of daily life in the corridors of power Concerned notes from ministers on the subject of the Heir to the Throne s potential brainwashing by Welsh terrorists are shelved alongside worries about housemaids on the wobble at Chequers Detailed and surprising plans for royal funerals sit beside reports on suspected spies in the showbiz world and bawdy poetry about the monkeys on the Rock of Gibraltar And Mary Whitehouse s complaints about the sex education syllabus nestle next to thank you notes from prisoner 13260 62, also known as Nelson Mandela Adam Macqueen, author of the highly acclaimed bestseller Private Eye The First 50 Years, has searched high and low to present us with some of the most unlikely revelations since the Official secrets act was inaugurated one hundred years ago Not only about Mrs Thatcher s ironing board, but Ted Heath s car, Harold Macmillan s bedroom carpet, Imelda Marcos and her son Bong Bong s trip to Buckingham Palace and President Eisenhower s particular problem with Winston Churchill s trousers.

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    1. This isn’t my usual sort of read but I enjoyed it. It’s a collection of information from the government archives and is arranged in themed chapters. I especially enjoyed the ‘Cultural Differences’ chapter. I’d forgotten Mary Whitehouse. There are a great many lessons in diplomacy to be learnt from this book and a great many instances showing that those in power are no different from the rest of us. They too have illogical likes and dislikes and get bogged down in details. There were re [...]

    2. Christmas present. Enjoyed reading it on Christmas day, but suspect I won't pick it up to finish it. Its entertainingly written. The author has clearly gone through the archives in detail and has a good eye for the entertaining and which documents it is interesting to see the originals for. But its missing huge amounts of context and as a result can never be more than an amusing Christmas book. The first section on nuclear weapons is the best. There on it shows the author only brings exactly wha [...]

    3. This is one of those books you can pick up in a spare five minutes and be able to put it down without being stuck in the middle of the action, wondering how to get back to where you were. Bite-sized chunks of information liberated from Government archives give a fascinating insight into some of the more random aspects of running the country, as well as some more prevalent political events. An interesting read.

    4. Well researched and documented. It shows just how much time and effort governments put into situations which really ought to be rejected as not worth the effort to deal with. So much for thinking that cabinet meeting are full of meaningful thoughts about major matters when really it how much was drunk at Chequers over a weekend. Interesting information about the Falklands. Good read.

    5. Excellent. A well judged because not overdrawn description of the British Government's addiction to secrecy. It transcends satire.

    6. Most of this book only goes to prove how boring most government secrets are. it is a dull and dreary read for the most part with one or two exceptions. Took an effort of will to complete

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