John Reid: strongman?

A useful, if slightly lengthy biography of the Secretary of State by writer Kevin Toolis in the Guardian last March. He concludes:

“Is Dr John Reid a nice person? I doubt it. In fact, I’m glad he’s not. Reid is an old-fashioned, straightforward devious political operator: you know where you stand with him. Reid might of political necessity dole out some pain, but he’s not going to give you a hug, cry or share “your sorrow”. But, in a tough place like Ulster, he might be just the right man for the job.”

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