Fianna Fail needs more conviction and less cuteness
Charles Moore's brilliant biography of Margaret Thatcher is also a manual of practical politics. It should be read by all aspiring candidates attending the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis. Here let me declare an interest. I have known and admired Moore since I first met him in 1996 when he was editing The Daily Telegraph.
Moore has a huge grasp of Irish history and politics. He hired brilliant journalists like Dean Godson (David Trimble's biographer) and Toby Harnden (author of the classic Bandit Country) to cover the Troubles. And he has a saving sense of humour about it all, as you will see from the anecdote against myself at the end of this column.
But it was not meeting Moore that turned me into a Daily Telegraph fan. Back in 1990, when I finally said goodbye to socialism, bits and pieces of its prejudices still adhered like fluff. One of them was revering the Guardian and disrespecting The Daily Telegraph.