Minority Verdict: The Conservative Party, the voters and the 2010 election, by Michael A. Ashcroft

  • September 19, 2010 12:21
  • Katy Scholes

Drawing on his unique perspective as the man responsible for the party’s target seats and polling, the 133-page book gives Lord Ashcroft’s view of the Conservatives’ progress since their third defeat in 2005, the reasons for the party’s failure to win an overall majority in 2010, and David Cameron’s decision to form a coalition with the Liberal Democrats.

Minority Verdict follows Lord Ashcroft’s influential analysis of the 2005 election campaign, Smell the Coffee: A wake-up call for the Conservative Party, which called for the party to modernise and re-engage with voters, having come to be seen as untrustworthy and out of touch.

Lord Ashcroft said: “There has been speculation as to my view of the Party’s performance in the election, and of David Cameron’s subsequent decision to forge a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. By putting an end to speculation, Minority Verdict sets the record straight. This is a record of what I really thought at the time, and what I think now. And if there is to be a public debate about this subject, Minority Verdict represents my first and only contribution to it. I do not intend to comment beyond what is contained within its pages.”

Order Minority Verdict here.

To read Andrew Alderson's article in the Sunday Telegraph, click here. To read the Sunday Telegraph's exclusive interview with Lord Ashcroft, click here.


The Pope, the police and Lady Gaga

  • September 17, 2010 15:46
  • Katy Scholes

Today is Pope Day. It’s finally here. The roads are closed. The steel-toecapped bobbies are out in full force and have their arms folded and legs shoulder width apart. Is that a requirement?

Either way, it’s all getting a bit exciting.

It’s T minus 1 hour until he arrives in his almost equally famous Popemobile. People are lining the streets behind metal fencing. And I’ve been told reliably that the Pontiff won’t miraculously appear out of nowhere at the point where the fencing begins.

I have my telephoto lens at the ready (purely by chance, I hasten to add) and am prepared to get some snaps of His Holiness from the office window.

Odd, though, something tells me that if it were Lady Gaga cruising nonchalantly down Albert Embankment in the Popemobile (or would it be the Gagamobile?) I’d be pressed up against the barriers, screaming nonsensically. Still, this is a big deal too, right?

Unfortunately, I can’t think of any books we’ve published that can be in any way linked to this, but you can buy books here and here and here and here. You know, just in case that’s why you’re here.

UPDATE: People with flags!


Watch them, watching him, watching them...

  • September 16, 2010 13:24
  • Katy Scholes

John Sweeney, author of Rooney's Gold and one of the BBCs leading investigative journalists is up to his tricks again. The trailer for Panorama: The Secrets of Scientology, airing on the BBC September 28th, sees John wandering up to various cameramen filming him for reasons which can be inferred but are undisclosed. It's pretty funny stuff - John seen being as nonchalant as ever.

Rooney's Gold, out now, is the story of the rise and fall and rise again of Wayne Rooney, a boy from the mean streets of broken Britain – few streets meaner than Croxteth in Liverpool – who lifted himself out of poverty by his footballing genius to play for Manchester United and England. On the pitch (most of the time) a hero. Off it, the centrepiece, with his wife Coleen, of perhaps the most vacuous media soap opera of modern times. Buy your copy here for £18.99.



  • September 15, 2010 17:29
  • Katy Scholes

Editorial genius Jonathan Wadman is leaving us.

Jonathan has been with the company since the very beginning and has played a major part in getting us to where we are today. Jonathan, whose last day is 28th September is going back to University to do an MA in Linguistics at UCL. We thank him and wish him the very best of luck.

Consequently, we need to find someone to fill his shoes. If you are interested, please read on...

Job role: Senior Editor

Biteback Publishing, the country’s leading politics and current affairs publisher, is looking for an energetic and highly motivated individual to fill the post of Senior Editor.

Key roles will include:

Overseeing the book production process, from receipt of manuscript to delivery of files to printers
Appointing and supervising freelance copy-editors, proofreaders, indexers, designers and typesetters
Editing manuscripts
Liaising with authors and with commissioning editors
Liaising with printers and others involved in the production process
Constant close collaboration with sales and marketing staff

The successful candidate will be highly organised, with excellent attention to detail and an ability to work under pressure when required. A personal interest in politics is essential.

Please send your application to james.stephens@bitebackpublishing.com
The closing date for applications is Friday 1st October.


Podcast: John Nicholson interview

  • September 15, 2010 15:35
  • Katy Scholes

In an two part podacast, author of We Ate All the Pies, John Nicholson talks football with Richard Farley on EPL Talk.

To stream the casts, click here and here.