Sam Tyler

Helpful votes received on reviews: 81% (77 of 95)
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The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone Vs Disraeli by Richard Aldous
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, 12 April 2007
This book gives a revealing insight into what must be the most fascinating relationship in British politics. It's like watching a fifteen round, no-holds-barred world heavyweight contest fought, literally, to the death. The mercurial Disraeli dodges his way around the rather more leaden Gladstone, jabbing him to a standstill, only to be caught off-guard with a body-sapping uppercut! Following the action as the pendulum of power and dominance swings from contender to champion and back again is rivetting, with each gaining stunning victories that crumble to dust almost as soon as they are achieved, in a sort of rumble in the political jungle. Disraeli even attempts the parliamentary… Read more
Economics of the Welfare State by Nicholas Barr
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read, 1 April 2007
A useful primer for understanding some of the main ideological currents on issues of social welfare, but the conclusions tend towards New Labour policy prescriptions.

However, it's in the discussion of the funding of Higher Education when the wheels really come off. Any attempt at balance is suddenly deserted with the edict that There is No Alternative to tuition fees. This despite a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which concluded that the continued funding of HE from taxation or a graduate tax is certainly not unaffordable (whether desirable or not is obviously a value-judgement). As with the introduction of the policy itself, debate is simply not entered into, with… Read more
Like by Ali Smith
Like by Ali Smith
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, 13 Jan 2006
Given the author's rejection of spoon-fed narrative it's not surprising that the reader is invited to assume/fill in or leave certain blanks in this anatomy of a relationship and its repurcussions.
The first section on Amy and Kate is so captivating that it does come as a disappointment to leave them and re-involve oneself with a new character, until the second section begins to shed light on the first.
In the end this tale of fractured relationships and unfinished stories reflect the passage of life itself and remain in the memory after the final page is turned.

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