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The Lowdown: The EU - Should We Stay or Should We Go?

The Lowdown: The EU - Should We Stay or Should We Go? [Kindle Edition]

Paul Kent
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Why doesn’t Posh Spice like the European Union?

Which EU member nation is the grumpiest?

How many people does it take to post a letter in EU HQ in Brussels?

When did Margaret Thatcher drape herself in a German flag?

How does the EU recommend you dispose of a broken vibrator?

Where can you go for an unbiased appraisal of the EU?

The answer to that last question is: keep reading this blurb. There are literally hundreds of books and websites that deal with the history, workings, constitution and finances of the EU. But they all tend to fall into one - or both – of two categories: hopelessly biased or hopelessly boring.

Until now, that is. Faced with the prospect that the UK electorate might be asked whether it wants in or out of Europe in 2017, Paul Kent discovered he didn’t have the first clue which side he was on. So instead of relying on journalists, bureaucrats or politicians to feed him their distorted, dull or partisan half-truths, he decided to find out for himself – emerging with this short, pithy and, gasp, funny survey that puts everything in perspective so you don’t have to.

And he also promises he won’t tell you which way to vote.

So if you want to thank Paul for risking his sanity in this selfless act of public service, you could do worse than download a copy of Should We Stay Or Should We Go? It’s the only EU guide you will ever need. And it will make you laugh while you learn a thing or two.

And by the way, if you want the answers to those other five intriguing EU questions, they’re just a few clicks away ...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 208 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Content Limited (6 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EX6675O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #318,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phew! Finally I understand....... 19 Oct 2013
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Clear, concise, informative, comprehensive and funny! Thank you for this one and only reader friendly guide to understanding the EU. I would recommend all MPs and MEPs take time to read. They may find themselves less confused!
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This short book was crazy to read & digest. Informative and hilarious in parts (Mr & Mrs MEP) it goes a long way in explaining what the EU is how it's run and why. Shocking and informative it helped me understand it better than any politician could ever hope to. Before the referendum everyone should have read this. Well done Mr Kent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EU referendum? Read this first! 27 May 2014
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The whole purpose of this book is to provide an informative, accessible presentation of the facts about the EU - the pros and cons. So criticizing it for not coming down on one side or the other (as a previous reviewer has done) is rather pointless because it's not meant to, and the writer actually says so more than once.

But if you confine your attention to what it IS meant to do, I don't think you could better it. It's full of information, but it isn't boring. As such, it's absolutely unique, at least in my experience, and the reason I bought it is precisely BECAUSE it's short and concise. In the recent EU elections, prejudice and misinformation poured out of both pro- and anti- politicians and their stooges in the media. By way of contrast, this book tells it straight with no spin, and as such, I think everyone with even the remotest interest in real democracy should read it. Or, indeed, anyone who doesn't like being told what to think.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I likes aspects a lot but.... 19 Aug 2014
By DaveW
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In this book, however, the author dismisses issue of sovereignty in about a sentence (Tocqueville would turn in his grave).

In other words, he knows a lot about the topic an decided not to tell the reader, which blows the hole book out of the water.

Shame :-(

PS/ The author has also written about Montesquieu, a Frenchman who, for example, identified 'Despotism by bureaucracy' and other interesting issues, such as rule by centralised remote strangers .
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3.0 out of 5 stars I don't quite know what to make of it. 26 May 2014
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I don't quite know what to make of this book. As the title says, is supposed to be a debate about whether we should stay or go from the EU but it never really sets up the arguments. One drawback for me was the rather crude language that occurred from time to time. There was no swearing but a few off comments gave me the impression that it might have been written in the pub after a few too many pints. There was some really useful stuff about the administration of the EU and its history but over all I would not rely on this work to help with my homework. There was no real conclusion drawn and I came away not much wiser than when I started. It is a short work neither serious enough or funny enough to count for a lot.
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