Book Review – Game Changer: Eight Weeks that Transformed British Politics by Steve Howell

July 12, 2018

This is a must read for anyone who wishes to understand the processes that go on inside political campaigning in British politics.  It is told by an insider who helped organise Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign during the 2017 British General election.  It is therefore unashamedly biased towards the philosophies of the Labour Party so if you are a supporter of any other British political party, particularly the Conservative Party, many of the views expressed here will be extremely hard to take.  But even so anyone who actively supports such parties will find a great deal to learn from the events described by the Author.

When Prime Minister, Theresa May called a snap election in April that year no one in the mainstream media gave Corbyn a chance.  His party appeared in turmoil as a large proportion of Labour MPs had tried twice to unseat him as leader and the Labour Party was so far behind the Conservatives in the polls.  Consequently, May saw it as an opportunity to strengthen her position as Prime Minister and leader of her Party ahead of her negotiations to take Britain out of the European Union.  However, such was the success of the Corbyn campaign that, despite being unable to topple May’s premiership, their individual political standings within their own parties were reversed.

It was a remarkable turnaround in the positions of the two party leaders and it is a story that is extremely well told.  It is a narrative that the Conservatives will seek to put far behind them but for anyone interested in British politics it is an account that should be read.  The book is skilfully written and contains lots of facts and footnotes relating to broadcast and newspaper reporting at the time.  This is not surprising given the author’s background in journalism and in time it should serve as a useful reference for anyone wishing to look back and study what must surely be a significant event in Britain’s political history.

 

Keith Jahans

Published by Accent Press in
hardcover, paperback and as an ebook

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