The Right to Rule: Thirteen Years, Five Prime Ministers and the Implosion of the Tories (Hardback)
  • The Right to Rule: Thirteen Years, Five Prime Ministers and the Implosion of the Tories (Hardback)

The Right to Rule: Thirteen Years, Five Prime Ministers and the Implosion of the Tories (Hardback)

Hardback 432 Pages
Published: 28/09/2023
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Hugely entertaining and incisive, Riley-Smith's account of thirteen years of Tory rule and the strikingly different messages of five Prime Ministers makes for jaw-dropping reading.

The explosive full story of the past dozen years of Tory rule, from coalition to self-destruction. Over the last decade, the British people have seen five different Conservative Prime Ministers, with five different missions and five messages to the nation. From the ashes of a financial crisis, to a break from the EU, to a global pandemic, governments - and ideologies - have changed, but Tory power has clung on.

Merciless rebellion and the swift ousting of leaders have enabled this, and yet the same ruthlessness may ultimately bring about their downfall. Witty, hair-raising and brilliantly sourced, The Right to Rule links as never before stories of betrayal in Cameron's Coalition, the rifts behind the Referendum, the travails of May, the chaos of the pandemic, the sagas of Johnson, the Truss implosion and the Sunak patch-job.

Through his unique access and unmissable inside stories, acclaimed Westminster journalist Ben Riley-Smith's explosive account is essential for anyone wondering how the Tories kept changing, kept revolting - and kept winning. This is the entertaining and dramatic account of our times, for anyone wondering how Britain got into this state.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781399810296
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 702 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 44 mm


A brilliant encapsulation of thirteen years - Andrew Marr

Essential - Jon Sopel

A grippingly-written, detailed book that answers so many questions - Isabel Hardman

Insightful, authoritative and incredibly readable. It had me open-mouthed with amazement - Ed Balls

Superb - Evan Davis

Marvellous . . . Packed with insight, gossip and candid reflections from the major players - Stephen Bush

Expertly explains how a governing party mainly skilled in backstabbing survived in power - Michael Portillo

A wonderfully written canter through an extraordinary decade and a bit. Highly recommended - Chris Mason

Future historians will take Ben Riley-Smith's lucid and riveting book as their guide - Alan Johnson

Colourful and richly researched - Rafael Behr

Riley-Smith is an excellent, pithy writer with a knack for a telling phrase - Daily Telegraph

A sharp insider account of the long Tory reign - New Statesman

Terrific. Not all political books are page-turners. This really is. It will be a while before it's bettered. It is really excellent - Matthew d'Ancona

Filled with chaos, rebellion, infighting, backbiting and catastrophe and much more. Interesting . . . a cracking read - Financial Times, 'Readers' Best Books of 2023'

Future historians will refer to this study in cynicism and clever reinvention - Daily Telegraph, 50 Best Books of 2023

Riley-Smith is an excellent, pithy writer with a knack for a telling phrase . . . it will remain among the best books written about the chaos and carnage of the last 13 years - Daily Telegraph

A majestic digested read of the last 13 years of Tory leadership, drawing together the threads of fou - Guardian, Best Politics Books of the Year

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