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The Right to Rule

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28th September 2023

Price: £24.99

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The explosive full story of the past dozen years of Tory rule.

The Right to Rule is the full story of what has just happened in British politics, and how it has shaped Westminster and, by extension, the nation. Over the last decade, we have seen five different Conservative Prime Ministers, with five different missions and messages to the nation. Not for two centuries has such political turnover been seen. From the ashes of a financial crisis, to a break from the UK’s biggest trading block, to a global pandemic, governments – and ideologies – have changed, but the Conservative party’s power has remained. Through his unique access and brilliant insights, Ben Riley-Smith captures the big picture: how the Tories kept changing, kept revolting – and kept winning.

Witty, hair-raising and brilliantly sourced, this single account will link as never before stories of the Coalition, the Referendum, the travails of May, the chaos of the pandemic, the sagas of Johnson, the Truss implosion and the Sunak patch-job. This riveting account show how ruthless reinvention has allowed them to cling to power so successfully, and yet may ultimately bring about their downfall. It is the essential, entertaining and explosive account for anyone wondering how Britain got into this state.

(P) 2023 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Andrew Marr
A brilliant encapsulation of thirteen years
Jon Sopel
Isabel Hardman
A grippingly-written, detailed book that answers so many questions
Ed Balls
Insightful, authoritative and incredibly readable. It had me open-mouthed with amazement
Evan Davis
Stephen Bush
Marvellous . . . Packed with insight, gossip and candid reflections from the major players
Michael Portillo
Expertly explains how a governing party mainly skilled in backstabbing survived in power
Chris Mason
A wonderfully written canter through an extraordinary decade and a bit. Highly recommended
Alan Johnson
Future historians will take Ben Riley-Smith's lucid and riveting book as their guide
Rafael Behr
Colourful and richly researched
Daily Telegraph
Riley-Smith is an excellent, pithy writer with a knack for a telling phrase
New Statesman
A sharp insider account of the long Tory reign
Matthew d'Ancona
Terrific. Not all political books are page-turners. This really is. It will be a while before it's bettered. It is really excellent
Financial Times, 'Readers' Best Books of 2023'
Filled with chaos, rebellion, infighting, backbiting and catastrophe and much more. Interesting . . . a cracking read
Daily Telegraph, 50 Best Books of 2023
Future historians will refer to this study in cynicism and clever reinvention
Daily Telegraph
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
Guardian, Best Politics Books of the Year
A majestic digested read of the last 13 years of Tory leadership, drawing together the threads of fou