and can be viewed in full online. Below are a couple of snippets related to current affairs...
A non-Etonian home secretary has just become prime minister, but could a working class one from the North East?
Absolutely. If you just take New Labour’s run of home secretaries –
David Blunkett, John Reid and Alan Johnson all came from working class
backgrounds, and each might have been prime minister at one time. The
Tories tend to more middle or upper-middle class origins, sure – but not
David Davis or Patrick McLoughlin or Sajid Javid or Michael Gove, to
speak only of the cabinet in recent years. Greg Clark, the new business
secretary, is from Middlesbrough and I believe his dad worked as a
How has the country changed since you wrote Crusaders?
Crusaders was published in 2008 while New Labour was running out of
road, as governments do. You could see the Tories had made themselves
presentable again, so we were looking at another turn of the wheel,
another Conservative era. The coalition and Cameron’s abortive second
term were unstable, to say the least, but regrettably Labour in that
time has contrived to abandon the business of real politics. So the many
troubles we have afoot and headed our way will be for the Tories to
contend with, I’d say.