Writing at certain remove from the rough and tumble

Writing at certain remove from the rough and tumble of British politics, he believed that the tightly disciplined British parties offered voters a clear philosophical choice lacking in America. Why can't the Democrats and Republicans be more like the Tory and Labour parties, Wilson wanted to know.
Does the first sentence equals 'Ingnoring the the rough and tumble of British politics in his writing, he believed...'? many thanks.
 
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    It means that he is writing at a distance from the rough and tumble of British politics. He's not right down there in the action as he is writing.
     
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