The book is at its best recounting anecdotes from Westminster; after all, the author is a Telegraph political journalist. It is entertaining to be reminded how David Cameron imparted urgency to his speeches by drinking lots of water to make himself “desperate for a pee”; of John Major expounding “back to basics” while minister after minister was forced to resign from his government after being caught with their pants down. (As one complained, it seemed as if there was a policy of “one bonk and you are out”.)
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator