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Mark Thomas Presents the People's Manifesto
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2013
WHAT made this book even more attractive was I got if for less than a quid
Topics include:

Party manifestos should be legally binding

MPS shout not be paid wages, but loans - because they get highly paid jobs because of their Westminster connetion

Everyone should be given the day off on their birthday

Each topic is supported by arguments and facts
Some are not so logical
But others are spot-on
The birthday one asks, what if the birthday falls on a Sunday?
(What the people didn't ask was what if my birthday's on 29 Feb?)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2011
This is for the Kindle edition of the Mark Thomas book, content wise this is a great read if a little short ( I read it in just over an hour). Funny and thought provoking, the peoples manifesto is a combination of funny little quips and great ideas.

The fact this is a short book makes the formatting of the kindle edition so annoying. The first letter of every chapter is on its own line and the formating of title pages should have been looked at so they don't spread over two pages. Lazy work from the publisher.
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Mark Thomas gathers together the best of the audience suggestions as he toured Britain looking for evidence of what *really* should be in a political manifesto. He's selected the best ideas and given a few short paragraphs of commentary on each one, into a small pocket book.

It's a mixture of deadly serious and flippant, of obvious and unexpected, and of realistic and surreal. One moment it is an angry monologue about corrupt politicians, another it is suggesting that releasing goats into the House of Commons would be a good idea.

Generally it's a mixed bag, but mostly it's an expression of very good, sensible, humanist ideals- that are never going to happen in the current political climate.

A great little pocket book from Mark Thomas, full of interesting ideas, this makes an excellent coffee table / cistern read and is easy to dip into, but the depth and insight you normally get from Mark Thomas isn't crammed into these pages quite as much as I might have liked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2014
This is a great read which had me laughing out loud on several occasions. However, it is very short and you will be able to read it in a single sitting.

That said, you've probably paid £3 for a comedy film on DVD which you would laugh at less than this so it's not all bad. You'll also learn some stuff as well.
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on 21 November 2011
Often hilarious account of the random suggestions that people would put up for discussion during Mark's tour.

Some sensible, and therefore not so funny. Some utterly stupid and should be brought in forthwith!

Great while it lasts, but I think the entire book lasted less than a full commute (roughly 2 hrs at the time).
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on 11 October 2010
Mark Thomas is a comedian who had a radio show in which people gave suggestions of what they would want to do if they were politians - eg "Have the Daily Mail put on its front page 'We supported Hitler'" :D Some of them are great! Recommended if you like a giggle
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2010
The People's Manifesto is a small handbook containing 40 policies suggested to comedian Mark Thomas by members of the audience at a series of live shows at theatres throughout the British Isles in the wake of the economic and banking crises in 2009. The crisis started in 2007 and continues to this day but the MP's expenses scandal is the 'trigger' for this nationwide tour.

Mark Thomas has three objectives: make people laugh - make them think - and pay the mortgage. He certainly achieves the first two and I suspect that he doesn't receive threatening letters from the Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society about repossessing his house. It's a living, luv!

Mark has selected his top forty from hundreds of suggestions. Some are straightforward like, Renationalise The Railways, others more obscure, Models Should Be Chosen At Random From The Electoral Roll, some rather obtuse, Those Who Peddle Homeopathic Remedies Should Only Receive Homeopathic Medicines When They Have Major Illnesses. At lot was left 'on the cutting room floor', including recognising that mayonnaise is the work of the devil and an outright ban on TV programmes featuring meerkats.

This book will irritate some but most readers will chuckle throughout and, on occasions, laugh out loud. At less than a fiver, it represents good value in these recession-hit times.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2011
I went to the live show that spawned this book.

Enjoyed the book and it was nice to get an overview of all the policies that could exist if this manifesto ever got into the hands of someone not afraid to use it.

Worth a read, very funny in places, maybe too short, but that's just because I was enjoying it so much.

Finished reading it while flying home from Turkey, the people next to me must have thought I was having some sort of attack as I tried to hold in the laughter so as not to look like a complete loony.
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on 7 August 2014
A bit lightweight going by his usual output.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a short book that after a brief introduction simply lists out the forty policies, each with a one to four page summary of the rationale for its inclusion in the People's Manifesto. Like his stage act, Thomas blends serious argument with humour to make each case, and I laughed several times as I worked my way through. Whilst I was lukewarm to many of the proposed policies there were some that I think are worth exploring in more detail. My major gripe is that the book is too short. Much, much too short. A small format book, it only takes an hour or so to whisk through it, and all of the entries would have benefited from further explication as they all offered loads of opportunity for a more detailed analysis and satire. Basically, I wanted more! More about the shows, more about the policies that made it into the book, and more about the ones that didn't. Otherwise an amusing way to pass an hour and get a dose of political sensibilities.
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