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Book Description

28 Jan 2010

Mark Thomas has been touring the country for months, getting audiences to come up with policies aimed at sorting out the country's political chaos and taking back the power for the people. Sick to death of bailing out bankers and subsidising MPs homes, the audience vote on the best policy of the night to be included in the brand new People's Manifesto.

From the inspiring to the downright hilarious, you'll wonder why these fantastic ideas aren't part of the constitution already. For example:

- All politicians will be forced to wear the names and logos of the companies sponsor that them or with whom they have financial links.

- Anyone who supports ID cards is banned from having curtains.

- All models have to be picked at random from the electoral register.

- Anyone found guilty of homophobic hate crime has to serve their sentence in drag.

- CEOs convicted of fraud will be made to dress as pirates in whatever job they get in the future.

The People's Manifesto will outline 50 policies of the manifesto shouted out in bold type on a page to themselves with Mark's commentary opposite. Mark has even 'road tested' some of them - like hosting a party in an MP's second home (which clearly belongs to the taxpayer) and getting university boffins to work out a way of SAT testing MPs to rank them by value. And Mark's guerrilla antics won't end there...

Power to the people is really happening.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (28 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091937965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091937966
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 15.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A funny and inspiring alternative election manifesto by political activist and comedian Mark Thomas

About the Author

Mark Thomas has worked as a comedian for over twenty years. His activist, campaigning brand of comedy has been a thorn in the side of many politicians and corporations. He is one of a limited number of people to be awarded a UN Global Human Rights Defender Award and has also been awarded a Kurdish National Congress Medal of Honour amongst other citations. His three-year campaign to stop the building of the Ilisu damn in Turkey was ultimately successful and saved 78,000 Kurds from being displaced.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously funny 19 Feb 2010
I bought this book on a whim (not from Amazon I should confess) as I very much enjoyed the Radio 4 comedy show that inspired it. I expected it to be funny (which it is, very!) but it is also an important call for us, the electorate to get off our backsides and start taking an interest in what our elected officials are doing. We elected them, they work of us! It's is a mandate from us to improve the lot of all the people in this country and not an opportunity for MPs (and others) to feather their own nests or climb in bed with big business. Hopefully this little book will make people think a bit more about how we use our votes come the next election but if not it will certainly make you laugh.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Mark Thomas is one of the UK's most intelligent and vitriolic left wing comedians, his comedy not only makes you laugh but it strikes a chord and makes you think. Despite all of this he tends to slip under the radar of the general public and is relatively unknown, but he's held in high regard by those familiar with his work.

The People's Manifesto is the product of a live tour which gathered ideas from the audience, the public proposals have been analysed and a sampled in this book. There's a mixture of both daft and serious policies, but whether you're reading a ridiculous proposal about what to do with dog poo or a quite serious item about holding referenda before going to war, the book tackles it intelligently.

It's a genuinely funny book but it's not scared to deal with the real issues beneath the initial statement. For example, the proposal to have all models selected at random from the electoral roll is one of the most amusing parts of the book, and it also recognises a valid social problem when it is presented as a solution to seeing unrealistic idealised images of the body. It explores the morality behind what it proposes, it isn't just a collection of comedic ideas - it's a dissection of modern culture and a lot if it actually seems sensible!

The satirical pages may well educate you too and bolster your political arsenal of facts and figures ready for arguments in the office/pub/living room - did you know for instance that in 2009 benefit cheats may well have cost the country around 900 million whereas rich tax loop-hole abusers lost the UK around 18.5 *billion*!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Thomas Legend 12 Nov 2013
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Every right minded human being should own & adhere to this great Manifesto on how to live a decent & just life..............Mark Thomas is the Peoples Champion..long live the revolution
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great quick read, let down by formatting 31 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is for the Kindle edition of the Mark Thomas book, content wise this is a great read if a little short ( I read it in just over an hour). Funny and thought provoking, the peoples manifesto is a combination of funny little quips and great ideas.

The fact this is a short book makes the formatting of the kindle edition so annoying. The first letter of every chapter is on its own line and the formating of title pages should have been looked at so they don't spread over two pages. Lazy work from the publisher.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
As usual Mark Thomas manages to blend humour with a serious political point, this time pointing out that use ordinary folk are effectively excluded from the political process.

All of the manifesto policies were both thought of and voted for by the public. As such, some are well know political "wants" ignored by politicians (e.g. introducing the Tobin Tax), some of them absolutely inspired (e.g. any private health care companies using NHS-trained staff should pay the NHS a levy to reimburse it for the training costs) and some are just darn right funny (e.g. goats should be released into Parliament. MPs will be banned from referring to them!).

It's just a shame that because these policies were created by the people, for the people, they won't be used by the political parties because the general public's views just aren't important enough to matter. Instead of doing what they people want, they'll just carry on bailing out the banks etc. Never mind - the people have spoken and we have our own manifesto now!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is pure Mark Thomas - political, funny, and mischievous. I was at one of the shows and I read the book from cover to cover in about two hours; I laughed all the way through.

It also makes you think - if politicians listened to the people we'd have a more sensible set of manifestos, which would be legally binding (kerching! according to the lawyers) with a good dose of British character thrown in; along with the very practical and desireable manifesto items suggested and voted for in Mark's live shows, there are also items which would cheer us all up and give us something to talk about in the pub.

Mark Thomas for Prime Minister!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not that funny 23 May 2014
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For what I paid this book was incredibly short and reply very rushed, we of these observations were less than a quarter page long.

Humour was nothing to write home about either - an all round disappointing purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, short and punchy 1 April 2014
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This book is an ideal way to spend a couple of hours chuckling away to yourself imagining some of the suggestions within being put into practice
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Small but fun
This is a small book but if you like Mark Thomas and his humour then you will enjoy this, ha!
Published 5 months ago by D. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
The People's Manifesto was always my favourite of the Radio 4 comedy shows and this book reminds me why. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Venta
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
A book that was created from Mark Thomas's touring show: The audience members were asked, before the show, to write down what policy they would like to see introduced by the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Miki J
4.0 out of 5 stars great read but short
This is a great read which had me laughing out loud on several occasions. However, it is very short and you will be able to read it in a single sitting. Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. J. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a fun thing for sceptics
This is an amusing quick read, with plenty of wry chuckles to be had. It isn't going to form the basis of a new ideology but I do think one or two of the ideas could and should be... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mel Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT - some preposterous but mostly great.
WHAT made this book even more attractive was I got if for less than a quid
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Party manifestos should be legally binding

MPS shout not be... Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. Tay
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Everyone should have this book.
I first saw this book on holiday when a friend was reading it. I hadn't heard the Radio 4 programme that it stems from and wasn't sure what to expect. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. As always.
This should be, by and large, written in to law. Someone give a copy to the Queen, quick. She should read it in her next opening of parliament speech. It's a joy. Get it. Read it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Johnstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed Out Loud
I really like Mark Thomas and this book is a real gem, it makes me laugh out loud every time I pick it up
Published 12 months ago by S. Idiens
5.0 out of 5 stars How good? Very
Pleasure to read & got 'nodding head syndrome' from agreeing with everything. great collection to read after seeing the man live.
Published 12 months ago by julesd
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