With current political events my study interests turned to political philosophy, questioning the Government of the time is something I have never shied from and although admittedly I am centre right, I do try to be as apolitical as possible and dig in to the truth, no matter who is Governing Britain at the time.
What I needed is a short, sharp, introduction to politics and ways in which we could question Government decisions while finding ways to fix broken Britain. I was not disappointed with Piries short, sharp and thankfully agreeing with most everything I have always said since delving in to politics, book, Zero base policy.
In this Pirie takes us through eighteen distinct areas of Social policy, split in to their own short and easily digestible chapters, debunking, refuting and putting a case towards the right thing to do not from a sense of fairness or justice, but rather an empirical base that most politicians shy from because it would harm their career in the eyes of the uneducated and the tabloid press.
I found myself nodding in agreement and having a wry smile, even a chuckle as Piries' ideologies matched my own perfectly, yes it would get the backs up of the politically uneducated, yes economics plays heavily in a lot of piries arguments, no fair play is not advocated, but this is not about fairness, it is about whats right and what will ultimately put Britain back to Great Britain once again and 'make this small island the envy of the developed world and the prime minister that is brave enough to enact these examples hailed a hero for being a political maverick.
Perhaps this is why I enjoyed the book so much, it advocates going against the grain of common knowledge, the sheep will bleat, the political opposition and tabloids will have a field day, but like myself, a bit of a maverick, if this is followed with firmness of spirit and a large dose of testicular fortitude, if the storm is weathered, the masses will come to see it is for the better of the whole of Britain.