Michael Dobbs on Politics and ‘House of Cards’

February 27, 2015 6:27 PM

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Michael Dobbs on Politics and ‘House of Cards’

“I hope you’re not sensitive about mice,” says Lord Michael Dobbs, writer and member of Britain’s House of Lords, over tea in the Palace of Westminster. “This place is riddled with them.” Sitting in a bay window nibbling on fruitcake, he looks out over the River Thames and then scans the floor around us, adding, “Don’t worry, it’s usually in the evening that they come out.”

Mr. Dobbs knows a thing or two about the darkest corners of Westminster. The longtime politician has seen it all from the inside—as Margaret Thatcher ’s special assistant and research adviser, he was the first to inform her that she had been elected prime minister. After getting involved in politics...

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