- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Gibson Square Books Ltd (4 Mar. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906142696
- ISBN-13: 978-1906142698
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 719,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Alternative Manifesto: A 12-Step Programme to Remake Britain Paperback – 4 Mar 2010
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About the Author
Eamonn Butler is Director of the Adam Smith Institute, one of the UK s leading policy think tanks. He holds a a doctorate from the University of St. Andrews. His expert opinion is sought by UK and international newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. He divides his time between London, Cambridge and Scotland, and is the author of several books - most recently The Rotten State of Britain (2009).
Top Customer Reviews
Instead he goes through the big issues of what have come in the lifetime of the baby-boom generation to be the principal concerns of national policy: education, healthcare and welfare, pointing out that we would do better without the withering hand of central government upon these services. He reminds us that the State has undermined its legitimacy by taking on responsibilities which it cannot discharge and that in consequence frustrated politicians have become acutely victim to their deformation professionelle for mindless (and invariably ineffective) regulation. Thus the bully and surveillance state, which all too often fails in the State's original objective of keeping the peace. Possibly in despair, Dr Butler is silent on defence.
He reminds us that the perpetrators of the financial crisis were governments and the cheap money they pressed upon unqualified borrowers, and touches on the politicians' squalid campaign to avoid their responsibility for the mess they have created.
This takes us to the distinguishing character of the book, by comparison for example with the Policy Exchange's otherwise excellent "Renewal of Government" (in a bad night for London's policy-wonks, their launch parties coincided on the evening of 10 March!Read more ›
Today, all three of the UK's main political parties believe in the first template above as regards the size and reach of central government. Yes, one may prefer a little more of the Welfare State and a little fewer military exploits around the world; another may prefer to shave a penny or two off taxes and rely a little more on state regulation instead, while another may prefer to make a small move towards decriminalising drugs and prostitution and to spend more on greenery. The common thread is that the overall size and reach will not be significantly reduced, even though it has multiplied by a factor of at least ten in the past 100 years.
The unique qualities of The Alternative Manifesto (apart from Eamonn Butler's feat of putting it together in an incredibly short time-scale) are firstly that it is a genuine alternative, and secondly that it includes nearly all the major issues across the traditional (and bogus) Left versus Right spectrum. It shows that every single one can be downsized to a level well beyond anything that the politicians can begin to contemplate. The issue is Small versus Large and not Right versus Left; this is truly refreshing.Read more ›
Present systems do not cope with the new political and technological age and a much leaner more flexible and up to date management system of government at all levels is badly needed in the UK.
The Alterenative Manifesto should be compulsory reading for all who seek high office in this country. Those who structure and plan our futures from London to the Regions should read this book.
It is a thought provoking and well argued offering that illustrates just what could be done if we abandon old and worn out dogmas.
The Alternative Manifesto. Send one to your MP.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read the synopsis of The Alternative Manifesto and was hoping to tuck into Fillet steak, but soon felt like I was chewing on warmed-up corned beef hash. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2010 by F. G. Lelliott
Good book, more factual and realistic than Government policy. If it's correct and I think it will be you have to question the checks and balances in our system. Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2010 by Ian Tolin
Many clear, sensible ideas on how to turn the country around. A major shift towards greater individual responsibility as opposed to excessive state control. Read morePublished on 15 April 2010 by Peter Young
The Alternative Manifesto is a clear, crisp and concise read. Perhaps the apple on the front cover is the perfect analogy - a staple nourishment, leaving you with core knowledge... Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2010 by Dr. M. E. Tempest