The following is an excerpt of a review by Culture section editor Ewan Gillings of a new book by Paul Oakley, former UKIP General Secretary. This features in our fourth print issue, available now.
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It seems, once again, the issue of Brexit rears it old and increasingly scarred head in an issue of Bournbrook.
Paul Oakley’s new book No One Likes Us, We Don’t Care: A Brexit Memoir concerns the history of the author’s political life; his time spent in the youth wing of the Conservative Party, his defection to UKIP, and his climbing of the internal ranks under the party’s differing leaders. The book amounts to a diary of his daily political life, from 15th May 2011 until 9th December 2018; the day of the ‘Brexit Betrayal’ March in London, headlined by the infamous Tommy Robinson.
Oakley’s journey from tentative Tory convert, to speaking alongside UKIP’s newest leader Gerrard Batten, as well as a host of other senior party officials, is an interesting one, and he should be commended on his extensive recollections of his trek up the greasy pole.
The real juice of the book comes in the private interactions between Oakley and notable party figures; Raheem Kassam (who Jake Scott interviewed for or May print issue), Suzanne Evans, Gerrard Batten, and of course Nigel Farage. Indeed, these type of interactions are what made Tim Ship-man’s books so successful.
The private lives of politicians are fascinating, and when Oakley is able to drip information out onto the page, the book really comes alive.
Overall, Oakley’s work is an interesting read for those who were more aligned to the UKIP-side of things in the run up to the referendum. There are several interesting perspectives to be garnered here, especially if one wants a more realistic perspective of the daily life of a party candidate. However, a few more juicy Farage outburst would not have gone amiss.
Read the rest of this article in the print issue, information on which can be found HERE.
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