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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137032235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137032232
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An intelligent, evidence-based programme for economic revival…This book deserves to be taken seriously by all with an interest in politics, whatever their beliefs.' - Simon Heffer, New Statesman 
 
'a touchstone for the ambitious new right of the Tory party' - Liam McLaughlin, Huffington Post


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Brittania Unchained spans the globe, exploring nations that are triumphing in this new age, seeking political and economic lessons to help ensure Britain a bright future

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Mobberley on 24 Oct. 2014
Format: Paperback
A short, juvenile work

I am very glad that I bought this for £2 from the Highgate Oxfam shop.
Because that way these over-privileged authors cannot profit from their "work"
at my expense.

What I thought I would get was an intelligent, patriotic , prospective disquisition.
What I got was a breathless, naive, and very superficial fifth-form essay seemingly
cobbled together from articles and stats off the Internet.
If fifteen-year-olds had submitted this as a vocational assessment project my employer would have told me to reject it as plagiarism.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan J. on 5 Feb. 2015
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I read this, after the hype around these young Tories. I must say they are seriously wrong about most of the stuff they say in this book.
It's the same old s***e that Boris and co spout on the telly.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R J Heath on 7 April 2013
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The political history in this book seems thoroughly researched and probably correct. There are copious references although over half of these are actually media articles. Beyond this the content is less robust. In chapter 1 Rolls Royce is cited as an example of industrial decline in the 1970s. Rolls did not fail by being backward looking but due to adopting an innovative aero engine technology which proved to be in advance of its time, just the kind of entrepreneurial risk taking advocated later in the book.
From this book Conservative philosophy seems principally to be work hard and make lots of money or if you can't make lots of money work hard anyway. Work is, indeed, part of our Christian heritage `The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat' but this is not the whole picture. Jesus said `A man's life does not consist of the abundance of his possessions'. Are people motivated by anything other than high pay and low taxes?
An example given (p62) is a hard working taxi driver is motivated to work 60 hrs per week to take home £10 per hour net. On the other hand, on p69 it appears to be de-motivating for an entrepreneur working (say) 80 hrs to take home £25 per hour up to £150,000 and £20 above that. Why is this? Given the number of words in this book the authors have missed an opportunity to develop their arguments in more depth.
There is little that is new, informative or practical in this book. It is not worth the 30mins I worked to pay for it, don't buy.
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33 of 45 people found the following review helpful By N. Jones on 15 Oct. 2012
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The irony of five MPs lecturing the electorate on the virtues and necessity of hard work probably won't be lost on a lot of people, but once an individual becomes a member of our rotten parliament it seems they have to take leave of certain senses much as they lose touch with reality. The fact that it took five of them to come up with this slim and intellectually emaciated volume says enough about their work ethic when it could have been written by any reasonably erudite individual with a basic grasp of how to use statistics and Google. But then this book is far more about personal ambitions than it is being truthful with the electorate, which along with other considerations has been drowned in Marx's `icy water of egotistical calculation'

The authors are apparently future stars of the Conservative party, which only goes to show how it takes only the peddling of some strain of Thatcherism to attain that status. This in essence is a book which argues nothing new, then. It contains no fresh insights into what is wrong with British society, but inevitably it peddles the usual litany of things that those on the Right get themselves into a lather about -the welfare state, the laziness of British workers, the tax system and how the politicians responsible for that system impertinently presume the highest earners should pay any tax at all, celebrity status as the only thing that `the young' aspire to etc.

It makes for tiresome reading, although when the City of London is exalted as some kind of hotbed of hard work, that's being polite. Just how much time and effort does it take to pick up a phone and fix an interest rate? Tuggy Tug `standing on a rough street corner in Brixton waiting for someone to mug' (p.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By manjushri on 16 July 2014
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Failed book, if 0.25 of a star was possible.One of the authors was ceo of Tesco, now struggling and doomed by the rise of Lidl and Aldi.What kind of lesson can this be, crush the opposition so you can dominate and bully the farmers , cream off all the best sellers and let the specialist shops go to the wall.By telling us that we dont work hard enough this illustrates the disconnect.I have just done 8.5 hours on my feet with a 30 min break and now earn 30 % less than 10 years ago because the EU open borders mean theres more competition for my job.I have to do this until I am 67 to get a state pension that will pay me only a very basic living.
In the USA the natives were made to be indebted so they would sell the land and become enslaved.Thats what we have in store, if we survive the collapse in pollinaters,climate change and huge pollution that our governments have inflicted upon us in the name of progress.
I am scared to think these people are in charge , uncreative ,inhumane and using a now defunct argument to steer the ship that is the U.K to the rocks.
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