In his review of the novel, Robert Shearman noted the striking similarity between the portrayal of Fitz and the then Conservative Party leader, William Hague. "Despite the plot pyrotechnics," he wrote, "there is a great deal of crossover between this novel, in its portrayal of a bygone England and the Conservative manifesto of the last general election.".
^Shearman, Robert (1998-12-11). "The 'Blue' Angel?". .|accessdate= requires |url= (help)