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Summer of Unrest: The Debt Delusion: Exposing ten Tory myths about debts, deficits and spending cuts [Kindle Edition]

Mehdi Hasan
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Britain in 2011 is in the grip of debt hysteria. If the current coalition government is going to be remembered for one thing it is the cuts: the most severe that this country has seen for decades. Cuts to university funding, libraries and public sector workplaces have seen the most high profile resistance, with the type of protest on the streets not seen since the Poll Tax riots and the Thatcher years.

In this ebook, Mehdi Hasan exposes ten myths about the debt, deficits and spending cuts, and asks if this programme of austerity is really necessary or whether it is actually an economic strategy with its roots in an ideology that extends much further back in time than the global economic collapse of 2008.

BRAIN SHOTS is the pre-eminent source for high quality, short-form digital non-fiction. The Summer of Unrest series brings together stellar writers to explore the issues surrounding the austerity measures in the UK, uprisings in the Middle East and the nature of the protest movements springing up all over the world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 145 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (28 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E87CHC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well presented, informative read 9 Jan. 2012
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I bought this book because a) I have a gnawing suspicion that the government and the popular press is possibly not giving us all the information about the current economic state and b) it was cheap and short.
A previous reviewer castigates the author for not expressing his own opinions which seems unfair as it seems to me that that is not the purpose of the book. I appreciated the quotes from those more learned than I that gave another side to the argument, and was pleasanty surprised to learn that indeed there is in fact another side to the argument. If you`re tired of hearing millionaire Tory ministers tell us that we`re all in this together and that there`s no other solution, this will set you thinking. And that`s good, isn't it?
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A useful, and short, read for those, like me, bemused that the story told by the Tory propaganda machine is swallowed by the general public, if opinion polls are to be believed, and goes by and large without substantial challenge from the fifth estate - the press and media. Tory ministers are getting away with statistical sophistry, very selective use of evidence and lazy myth-making, understandable as their project is in reality not reducing the budget deficit, which is increasing due to the recession caused in part by austerity, but a full-scale onslaught against the welfare state. (Austerity does not boost the economy in times of recession, especially when every other country is doing the same - hence no competitive advantage - and is necessarily regressive, of course.) But how come Labour is not repudiating the blame laid at its door, and not placing it where it belongs, with the banks? Are the Lib-Dem coalition partners really so economically illiterate, and seduced by a taste of power, that they remain ignorant of, literally ignoring, the true purpose of the Tory mission? This book is useful ammunition in defence of sanity!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 24 May 2012
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Personally I had picked up this book expecting an insightful analysis into the economics surrounding the financial crises, however this book focuses more on the political aspects surround the decision making. None the less, I was pleasantly surprised.

The book provides an interesting deconstruction of the myths and deecptions around the decisions made in Whitehall and helps the reader understand the disconnect between what Politicians say and what they mean, do and even aim to acheive.

My hats off to the author who has continuously managed to astound me with insight and perspective.
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By Ste
This is not so much a book as it is a very smart weapon in the armoury of anyone attempting to defend public services, jobs and growth from the slash'n'burn policies of the present Conservative led government. It takes ten popular myths about the UK's current economic situation and buries them under a small avalanche of facts, figures and rational argument. Was the deficit caused by Labour's overspending? Is a national economy really analogous with running a household economy? Was the UK really at the brink of bankruptcy before Osborne saved us all? And, most crucially, has any country ever cut its way out of a recession? I'm familiar with Hasan from his appearances on Question Time where he is sharp and to the point; short on rhetoric and bluster. Now, I like rhetoric and bluster as much as the next person, but that's not what this book is about. And nor should it be.

Marx once said that "The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope". Not a very edifying thought in a modern liberal society. But, then neither is its modern equivalent: "Victims of capitalism can spend their last three pounds finding out why they have nothing else left".
Don't let it come to that - read this now. And more importantly - use it!
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