First Among Equals

First Among Equals

by Jeffrey Archer

In the 1960s, four ambitious new MPs take their seats at Westminster.

Over three decades they share the turbulent passions of the race for power with their wives and families, men and women caught up in a dramatic game for the higest stakes of all.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.89
  • Pages: 496
  • Publish Date: May 16th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
  • Isbn10: 0312997124
  • Isbn13: 9780312997120

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I enjoyed it immensely and I will definitely go on to read more of Archers books.

Although this book is about politics, Archer weaves through the book the personal stories of each of the men. Archer's narrative hooks worked wonders, and although the story is told in third person omniscient, the change from character to character kept me on the edge of my seat. No, did he really do that?" And that is the feeling I love to have at the end of a book.

Further, it shows in detail about the life of people in political stream.

Me reĆ­, llore y me mantuvo al vilo siempre.

I first read this novel when I was about 15 or 16, and knew next to nothing about the British parliamentary system (thanks, Polish education). First, Archer really does so, so badly by his female characters.

Charles Seymour and Simon Kerslake ( both Conservative members), Raymond Gould and Andrew Fraser(both Labour Party members) Fiona, Joyce, Lousie, Elizabeth and Margret Thatcher (Prime Minister UK) and others.. But the 'best laid plan' was changed when Charles listened to the motion " I would be a commoner than a lord" proposed by the Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. He was elected as MP in the House of Commons from the Sussex constituency for more than thirty years as the Right Member of The Conservative Party. Starting as the Back bencher of the House, From the year 1964 he gradually climbed the ladder whenever the Conservative Party formed the Government , as the Under Secretary of the Junior office (1966-74), Minister of State (during 1974-77), The Cabinet Member (during 1977-1989) and finally finishing long career as the Speaker of the Parliament in 1991. Right from the beginning of his political career, Charles considered his fellow party man Simon Kerslake as his adversary. The rift between them started in the election process of the leader for the Conservative party, when they backed different men during 1965,Charles mentioning Simon as "Pushy and self made man" in public. Because of Charles's personal wish to ruin Simon, he goes extremes to put Simon out of the House of Commons in every possible way. When Simon loses his Coventry Central Constituency on the basis of Boundary Commission's report, Charles by making secret and out of the way dealings with his fellow party man, makes it impossible for Simon to contest in the 1974 General Elections. He was elected as the MP as the Right member of Conservative Party in the House of Commons, first from the Coventry central Constituency, later from the Pucklebridge constituency due to reallocation of constituencies on the basis of Boundary Commission's report. He emerged victorious when his adversary and fellow party man Charles, went to the extremes to put Simon out of the House of Summons in every possible way. Charles in his personal wish to ruin Simon, makes him bankrupt, makes a fellow party man to ask a question regarding Simon's investment by making him disgraceful in the House. Simon was appointed as the Minister of State for Ireland after Conservative's win in the General Elections during 1979. Simon's stand of immediate joint military action with the Defense officials code named "shoplifter" was highly appreciated in House of Commons, against Charles's stand of gaining victory through negotiations in a diplomatic way. Finally in a neck to neck fight for the Leadership of the Conservative Party, Simon defeats Charles in a comfortable margin. Raymond Gould served the House of Commons as MP as the Right Member of the Labour Party for three decades from 1964-1991 from the Leeds constituency. Starting in the Back Benches of the House of Commons he climbed in the political ladders to become the deputy leader Chairing the Cabinet meetings in the Prime ministers absence. Simon and Raymond were called by His Majesty at the Palace for making the final decision regarding who to be the future Prime Minister. Finally His Majesty King Charles III, invites Raymond Gould to be his Prime Minister. In many parts the novel looks like a mere description of the tussle and challenges between Simon and Charles, while the other two characters Raymond and Andrew were pushed to backseat with out any depth in their characterization.

This was one of the greatest insights into the British Parliamentary system that I have read.

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