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Where There's Greed: Margaret Thatcher and the Betrayal of Britain's Future [Paperback]

Gordon Brown
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (3 May 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851582339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851582334
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 628,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The man with the broken crystal ball 22 Nov 2013
The book is strangely prophetic as deregulation is partly responsible for the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008.

I believe Margaret Thatcher did more good than harm although her governments did make some mistakes.

The country needed her at the time. In the seventies Britain was in a mess and her reforms helped us to recover, even if it's a truth that the left don't want to hear. Unfortunately subsequent leaders have lacked vision and too often give in to the easy options.

Of course, the author himself would go on to be the man responsible for determining how financial services would be regulated when the Labour party was elected into government in 1997, 2003 and 2007.

If only he could have seen the future so clearly when he was in power and encouraged the party in the City of London to continue whilst, after initially being a loyal disciple of prudence, unleashing a wave of state spending in a time of apparent prosperity when Keynesian theory suggests he should have been building up reserves.

Of course, he thought he had abolished Tory boom and bust and there would be no more bubbles that could burst.

You may be interested to read Gordon is a Moron: The Definitive and Objective Analysis of Gordon Brown's Decade as Chancellor of the Exchequer. A book written and published before the credit crunch.

Balance comes from reading both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where there is sense... 18 Nov 2012
This iconic (or maybe iconoclastic) book is a first-rate critique of economic neo-liberalism/thatcherism in action, and a 'chapter-and-verse' demolition of the Thatcher Ministry. I remember reading this avidly many years ago as a young activist and admiring the relentless, forensic mind of its author. What a pity that, later, we had a Labour government largely unwilling to conduct itself with the same intellectual boldness and integrity with which this book was written.

I suppose a reservation one can raise about the book is around the old, classic question of how far a 'Responsible Capitalism' is achievable. It's a debate that seems to ripen in cycles and I have the impression it's a ripe discussion at the moment within the intellectual circles of the Labour Party. There are some - mainly the neo-thatcherite Blairites - who have wedded themselves to market liberalism and believe only tangible outcomes matter. There are others, Brown was once one of them I think, who believe in creating a kind of equalitarian society, in which the moral-social equation is a factor in all economic decision-making. I think both positions are mistaken, but that's another discussion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars spot on, gord. 16 Mar 2012
I see the propaganda arm of the right wing blue rinse brigade are having a field day here, giving a thoroughly good book by one of the giants of recent political history one star reviews in order to undermine it`s credibility. Ho,hum, so predictable. Most thinking people have woken up to the fact that Britain has been left in ruins by the decade or so of wilfully reckless politics that thatcher and her far right cronies inflicted upon this country. The destruction of the post war consensus, the destruction of british manufacturing industry, the break up and sell-of for private gain of industries and utilities you and me used to own. I grew up in the sixties and everywhere there was hope, optimism and the taking for granted that we could never go back to the the dreadful spectre of life in pre ww2 britain, a better future was there for the taking. Then there was Thatcher. We are left with a divided, crime-ridden wasteland of a country where corporate vultures pick over the bones of what`s left of our economy and culture and ordinary, decent people who`s only aspiration is to lead a family life, find and keep a well-paid job and salvage some hope for their children`s future can go and pick over the leavings. Don`t listen to the one-star propagandists, Gord did all right, both with this spot-on book and with his handling of the british economy and the banking crisis.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Novel 13 Jan 2010
By Biffo
Fantasy novel from the greatest fantasist of them all - Gordon Brown. Turgid prose - couldn't recommend it.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a nerve 8 April 2013
How Gordon Brown has the nerve to criticise somebody who had more talent in her little finger than he had in his entire body is quite something.

This is a man who wanted the limelight at all cost and failed miserably. He also failed the United Kingdom and set it fairly and squarely on a path right down the toilet!

Only the morons will enjoy this 'read'.
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