Review of In It Together: The Inside Story of the Coalition Government by Matthew d’Ancona
I never had time for Roland Barthes’s assertion in his The Death of the Author that “to give a text an author is to impose a limit on that text”. The retort, “if authors are dead, who the bloody hell do you French get to write your books?” appeared to dispose of that school of Parisian structuralism.After reading Matthew d’Ancona, I am not so sure. Our author is there but not there. He sees and yet is blind. He writes a 360-page book on the coalition without noticing the social and economic disaster it has inflicted on the British. It is as if it never happened.