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At the Turning Point: My Political Life with David
by Margaret Pope

ISBN: 9780473190255
PUBLISHER: AM Publishing New Zealand
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 318
PUBLICATION DATE: 19.09.2011
DIMENSIONS: 204mmX136mmX25mm 395grams

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The old model of politics was smashed in the 1980s and a new one took shape in circumstances that are still debated today. Margaret Pope, who was Prime Minister David Lange's speechwriter and later his wife, writes an eyewitness account of the turbulent 1980s and the brilliant, elusive figure at their political centre. At The Turning Point throws new light on the policy and personalities of the fourth Labour government. It describes the diplomatic struggles behind the government's adoption of a nuclear free policy and its breach with the United States. It examines the origins of Labour's revolutionary economic policy and the strain imposed by its adoption, and illuminates the increasingly bitter contest between Lange and his finance minister Roger Douglas. Pope went to work in parliament in 1982. She wanted to see politics unfiltered by journalism and unpolished by history. She was a perceptive observer of the most turbulent period in modern New Zealand politics and writes compellingly about the hopes, battles and betrayals of the 1980s. She is candid about her personal stake in events, weaving into the narrative her affair with David Lange and painting a unique portrait of an exceptionally gifted politician whose career was a lightning rod for controversy. The author recalls a government that was met with acclaim on its election in 1984. "The government took power with high hopes. It had ma

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