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Prime Minister's Ironing Board and Other State Secrets : True Stories from the Government Archives

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Stored in Whitehall's archives are everything from blood-chilling warnings of imminent nuclear attack to comical details of daily life in the corridors of power. Concerned notes from ministers on the subject of the Heir to the Throne's potential brainwashing by Welsh terrorists are shelved alongside worries about housemaids 'on the wobble' at Chequers.Detailed and surprising plans for royal funerals sit beside reports on suspected spies in the showbiz world and bawdy poetry about the monkeys on the Rock of Gibraltar. And Mary Whitehouse's complaints about the sex education syllabus nestle next to thank-you notes from prisoner 13260/62, also known as Nelson Mandela.Adam Macqueen, author of the highly acclaimed bestseller Private Eye: The First 50 Years, has searched high and low to present us with some of the most unlikely revelations since the Official secrets act was inaugurated one hundred years ago. Not only about Mrs Thatcher's ironing board, but Ted Heath's car, Harold Macmillan's bedroom carpet, Imelda Marcos and her son ****** ******'s trip to Buckingham Palace and President Eisenhower's particular problem with Winston Churchill's trousers.

A remarkable collection of British state secrets?from Imelda Marcos and her son Bong Bong's trip to Buckingham Palace to President Eisenhower's particular problem with Winston Churchill's trousers

Stored in Whitehall's archives are everything from blood-chilling warnings of imminent nuclear attacks to comical details of daily life in the corridors of power. Concerned notes from ministers on the subject of the Heir to the Throne's potential brainwashing by Welsh terrorists are shelved alongside worries about housemaids "on the wobble" at Chequers. Detailed and surprising plans for royal funerals sit beside reports on suspected spies in the showbiz world and bawdy poetry about the monkeys on the Rock of Gibraltar. And Mary Whitehouse's complaints about the sex education syllabus nestle next to thank you notes from prisoner 13260/62, also known as Nelson Mandela. Adam Macqueen has searched high and low to present us with some of the most unlikely revelations since the Official secrets act was inaugurated 100 years ago, starring not only Mrs. Thatcher's ironing board, but also Ted Heath's car and Harold Macmillan's bedroom carpet.

Number of Pages: 286
Genre: Humor, History
Sub-Genre: Topic / Political, Europe / Ireland
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Hachette Books
Author: Adam Macqueen
Language: English
Street Date: December 1, 2014
TCIN: 16471731
UPC: 9781408704233
Item Number (DPCI): 247-34-3246
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