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Diary of an MP's Wife: Inside and Outside Power: 'riotously candid' Sunday Times

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We read of parties in Cornwall, dinner parties with the Prince of Wales, shooting parties, Russian oligarch parties, parties with Tony Blair, Rupert Murdoch, and Murdoch's former wife, Wendy Deng.

She (Sarah Vine, Mrs Gove) being a highly successful and well paid journalist, the profession Sasha was in before giving it up to be an MP’s wife. There is an acute political intelligence at work, of the sort that makes one wonder what might have been had Swire not settled for experiencing politics vicariously through her husband. It’s enough to repulse the ordinary man (sic), already angered by the continuing hold of the British class system. But the Swires were extremely plugged-in socially, and during the coalition years that’s what mattered.But then if only half her recollections of the Notting Hill set are true, she has done the rest of us a favour by removing all possible doubt about the unfitness of most of them to govern. It was really, really funny in parts, and set off with a bang with much to-ing and fro-ing in Hillsborough Castle and royal visits. For more than twenty years she has kept a secret diary detailing the trials and tribulations of being a political plus-one, and gives us a ringside seat at the seismic political events of the last decade. My first laugh out load moment was when, attempting to get a glimmer of a smile from the Countess of Wessex, La Swire explained that she was a Slav, and therefore in a permanent state of wanting to murder people. Despite the bitchy, rather sniping tone which gives the book its flavour (and frankly, is the main reason most people will read it) she is a pretty astute judge of character and nails (or skewers) a lot of people with disarming accuracy.

I giggled when there was some mention of someone who had fallen foul of him and was a “name forever loathed in the Nott household” – ah, I thought, just like Nott in ours.

Ten years ago, reviewing Alastair Campbell's diaries for the Spectator, I concluded as follows: "Who will be the chroniclers of the Cameron government?

From Samantha Cameron’s appalled reaction to the prospect of a no-deal Brexit, to what can only be described as too much information about David Cameron’s colonoscopy, she spills the guts of four governments in a book most of Westminster will doubtless be reading this autumn.She was a feisty hater (the Slav thing, through her mother) and I was amused at her annoyance at her father not being in the House of Lords. The small clique of people at the top are also exposed with waspish irreverence by Sasha Swire in Diary of an MP's Wife. Nothing about 14 million children in poverty, hospital waiting lists rising, education suffering (except for hose who went to Eton or Cheltenham like the diarist and her chums), or the emergence of a underclass in low paid, vulnerable jobs. Because of the author’s position as a confidante of the main players, this book will be a primary source for future political and social historians.

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