Gimsons prime ministers is a crisp and stylish account of every one of them charles moore spectator masterly craig brown daily mail the secret of prime ministers is that they are weak this is a conclusion of andrew gimsons wonderful portraits in his new book john rentoul the independent. A few yards away damian green until last december the prime ministers right hand ministerial colleague flops down next to keith simpson on the front bench below the gangway. Books podcast gimsons prime ministers on coffee house in this weeks books podcast im joined by the telegraphs former parliamentary sketch writer. Prime minister 1846 52 and 1865 66 russel was the second shortest prime minister at 5foot4 apparently he is considered to have look odd with his short statue but disproportionally large head he was home secretary from 1835 and became prime minster in 1846. Gimson is probably best on the 18th century prime ministers a tumultuous era yet one of which most of us know little in terms of the political leadership here is a parade of lords who range from the majestic to the barmy yet curiously our british constitution survived and evolved
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