The career of Richard Crossman refuted these stereotypes rather in the manner that Samuel Johnson, by stubbing his foot against a rock, claimed to refute Berkeley: what was lost as a formal exercise was pure gain as an object lesson. This is evidenced in a detailed case study of David Blunkett's diaries. After the war Crossman edited 1949 , a collection of essays. If you wish it, Minister! In 1954 he was chairman of the and, the following year, President of the. The Crossmans had two children, Patrick and Virginia.
He saw his Whitehall brief as being in advance of the journalistic practices of that time. One of Crossman's legal executors was , then a cabinet minister, who opposed his own government's attempts to suppress the diaries. The second is that universities often have a perceived common interest with city or regional policy-makers in promoting positive images of their locale. He excelled academically and on the football field. Academic respondents to the survey also provided detailed ratings and evaluations of the performance and policy impact of the four prime ministers since 1979: Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
From an early age Crossman demonstrated that he was born to be a high-flyer. The publication of the diaries created a scandal at the time and were said to have broken the Official Secrets Act. Although the Italians were never sure the British delegation were sober, they always attributed to them an immense political acumen. Crossman's backbench diaries were published in 1981. It was after he graduated and during his visit to Germany that he struck up a heterosexual relationship leading to his first marriage with Erika Susanna Gluck on the 15 th July 1932. He then spent several years as an academic, publishing a successful book on Plato.
Graduates like Crossman, however, were increasingly going out into a world where even this fundamental bedrock would be subjected to critical enquiry and would cease to be axiomatic. Service in Second World War and afterwards At the outbreak of Crossman joined the under , where he headed the German Section. The book says that the queen was very relaxed with Crossman and expressed her private opinions of various people. After leaving The Observer, following an ill-fated editorial coup against Trelford, he was a reporter on and 1989—92 , having previously presented Face the Press 1982—85. He was in good company. He did not seek re-election at the general election held in February 1974 and died two months later.
Crossman also recruited , , , and to write articles for the book. In 1957, Crossman was one of the plaintiffs, along with and , in a claim for libel made against , which had described the three men as drinking heavily during a socialist conference in Italy. If I am a writer, I agree that I am a journalist, and I doubt whether I have written or will write anything for eternity. According to Howard, it was Zita who first introduced Crossman to politics. To learn more about how we use and protect your data, please see our. Controversially blowing away conventions of Cabinet secrecy, the diaries paved the way for later moves towards more openness about the process of government.
He seems to have known when to compromise while simultaneously revelling in discord and argument. The Diarist The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister— the three volumes published between 1976 and 1977 — are perhaps the single work for which Crossman is best known. During 1945—46 he served, on the nomination of the , as a member of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry into the Problems of European Jewry and Palestine. The opening sitcom is about 'Open Government' and the first few pages of the diaries concern Crossman's desire to achieve more transparency in his first department Housing and fighting a rearguard action again Fascinating insight into the workings of Government and the Civil service during the premiership of Harold Wilson 1964-1969. Much of this interest was shared by Labour's Richard Crossman, who had himself previously written scholarly analyses of the deficiencies of Parliament, and had proposed reforms to reverse its apparent decline and marginalisation. However, since then, they have inspired the publication of successive political diaries and they have created - to some extent - a transparency about government on the inside, as Crossman intended.
Crossman's diaries were an acknowledged source for the television comedy series. Crossman had kept a detailed diary after entering the. In Plato To-Day 1937 he imagines visiting Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. Towards the end of the war he was to be involved in a wide variety of projects; investigating psychological warfare and assessing the impact of the war on Germany including a visit to Dachau concentration camp. He is singularly free from self-deception and his candour often punctures his own pretensions. The conflict was on three related levels: Bevanites versus Gait-skellites, Left versus Right, fundamentalists versus revisionists. One of Crossman's legal executors was , then a cabinet minister, who opposed his own government's attempts to suppress the diaries.
He was a member of the of the Labour Party from 1952 until 1967, and in 1960—61. The latter, a very funny sitcom, was undoubtedly inspired by the diaries. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. It is perhaps worth considering, in this biography of him, his role as a diarist and the events or motives which may have led him to keep it continuously over the course of his six years as a minister. It was his candour that particularly appalled Sir John Hunt, the Cabinet Secretary, when he read a draft in May 1975. Having sworn that the charges were untrue, the three collected damages from the magazine.