Hinterland All Serious Politicians Are Supposed To Possess A Hinterland, But Not All Do Chris Mullin Was One Who Did By The Time He Entered Parliament He Had Reported From The Wars In Vietnam, Laos And Cambodia And Tracked Down The Survivors Of The CIA Operation In Tibet He Was The Author Of Three Novels, Including The Classic A Very British Coup His Successful Campaign To Free The Innocent People Convicted Of The Birmingham Bombings Was Described As One Of The Greatest Feats Ever Achieved By An Investigative Reporter Elected To Parliament, Aged 39, He Quickly Established Himself As A Fearless Inquisitor Before Going On To Become A Minister In Three Departments His Three Volumes Of Diaries Have Been Widely Acclaimed As The Best Account Of The Blair Years And The Rise And Fall New Labour He Left Parliament In 2010 Better To Go While People Are Still Asking Why Rather Than When These Are His Memoirs. Regardless of their particular hue, politicians, these days have made themselves one of the least respected professions for a whole raft of reasons, being out of touch, self serving and how shall I put this, economical with the truth a lot of the time A sizeable number of them have never worked outside the Westminster bubble either, going straight from a degree from the right university into a policy unit or working for politicians directly Very rarely these days do you come across one who has a hinterland In essence, this means someone who has finally become a politician after having experienced the world and workplace and is probably better placed to make a sensible decision.Mullin was one of those people who did have a life before politics, he had been a journalist reporting from the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia Tracked down the survivors of a CIA operation in Tibet, written three novels and successfully campaigned to free those wrongly imprisoned He was first elected to parliament as a Labour MP at the age of 39 and immediately set about asking the difficult questions to those who had made themselves too comfortable.Because of this he was not always liked, even by those in his own party, but his persistence and consistency m
3.5 I picked this up because I d made my way through his political diaries and I suppose one piece of advice I d offer is that this book is best read as an adjunct to those diaries, rather than as a stand alone piece On its own, I think it skips over too much of Mullin s life and in particular his life in politics, which is after all the reason that people would be interested in reading about him in the first place but if you ve read the diaries and find yourself wondering a little about what their author did before he went into Parliament he was, after all, nearly 40 when he became an MP, young perhaps by the standards of our current UK political leaders, but old in the context of an era when so many MPs went straight from university, to working as a research assistant, to entering Parliament by the time they were 30 I hadn t realised that he had actually had a not insubstantial career as a journalist through the 1970s reporting on the wars in Vietnam and Cambodia, and it is this section of the book that is most interesting at least to those, like me, who ve already read the diaries and found the very potted summary of his career in politics, and indeed, his decision to get out of the game
I was given this by Peter I m still unclear why he owned it in the first place.Maybe there s grade inflation or something in the past I might have given this 5 stars as I enjoyed it hugely, but maybe you need to like political diaries This is a potted autobiography his diaries appear somewhere else.Mullin writes disarmingly you really feel you like this chap, while at the same time it s clear that he is very clever, vastly experienced and a remarkably hard worker, so beats m
Hinterland is an interesting word Until fairly recently it was principally used in its geographical sense, to denote an area lying behind, and commercially served by, a port Over the last few years, however, it has become fashionable to apply the term to politicians life beyond public view This was particularly noticeable in the obituaries for Denis Healey, where the word seemed ubiquitous Healey certainly had a fair amount of hinterland, being an accomplished musician, and a notable photographer.Chris Mullin has than the customary share of hinterland, too Now best known for his spell as Labour Member of Parliament for Sunderland South constituency from 1987 until 2010, he had already amassed considerable experience of life beyond the Westminster Village This volume of his memoirs catalogues his work as a journalist and his travels in the Far East, including perilous outings covering the latter years of the Vietnam War.Although he studied law at university, he never practised, choosing instead to train as a journalist Quite early in this chosen career he achieved a major scoop, securing an interview with the then Prime Minister Harold Wilson Quite early on he came to revel in foreign travel, and exploited the opportunities that his work as a journalist offered to pursue this His descr
Hinterland is the autobiography of Chris Mullin It is a partial companion piece to his very successful political diaries, filling out the details of his life that are really just in the background there Thus there are chapters on his involvement in releasing the Birmingham Six, his novel writing, his trips to Vietnam, his time as a journalist, his early years as an MP The last two chapters are of a summing up of what he did later on as an MP but these are covered in the diary, though it is nice to see each thing in one place tied thematically rather than the way they appear int eh diaries as events that happen sporadically and in an unknown way this is one of the appeals of the diary format of course, that some things never come to anything and not everything is known at the start as is usual in life.Chris Mullin s diaries served a useful corrective to me to the idea that MPs are all in it for themselves which was promulgated by the expenses scandal, and in my opinion partially contributed to the EU referendum outcome I am interested in Chris Mullin and politics and was naturally interested in this book The chapter on his trips to Vietnam, China and the far East in the 70s will be the most interesting for most people but these are only two smal
I really enjoyed this book I thought that it added some much needed background to the Diaries, to the extent I would like to read them again now knowing about the context This book only contains one or two chapters about the events of the diaries, though it is overwhelmingly focused, as the name might suggest, on his time before those events, and that is the book s real strong point With wit and wryness, Mullin takes you through some of the recent past in British politics,
This is one of the author s very best books.I read it in one sitting.Firstly because it puts his fascinating and varied life as a journalist, novelist, campaigner and politician into one overarching shape including gardening, one of my passions And the lessons he draws at the end about life and politic
What MPs should be.The last of his three biographies tells of political life as it is Highs and lows as a human being strives to make a difference in the politics of our well, my life.He may not approve, but the light shines through him, and the darkness cannot and will never put it out. Delightful and revealingA frank and honest account of a persistent and hardworking idealist, his struggles, failures and surprising successes, some notable Excites sympathy and admiration. The mixed bag of his career A good piece of era insight from his perspective, on the 4 principal items in his career life in Vietnam in and after the last phase of the war, then back home writing the silly lefty TV series A Very British Coup, the fight over reselection for Labour MPs in the 80s, and the inspirational fight to clear the Birmingham 6 and how it took him to some scary places in Ireland A bit on his Blair era experience where he felt far influence as a backbencher chairing the home affairs select committee, than when an unhappy junior minister absurdly expected to feign expertises he did not have Also good common sense experience from Sunderland on how to retrieve post industrial communities from underclass disorder by adapting rules to recreate responsibilities, from both councils and private landlords, for the infrastructure there and the neglected houses.There, he shows that considered intervention is right But surprisingly for a name remembered of the left, he is not dogmatic for national

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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Hinterland
  • Chris Mullin
  • English
  • 27 August 2018
  • 9781781256053