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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the free thinker, 7 Jan. 2010
This review is from: The Rotten State of Britain: Who Is Causing the Crisis and How to Solve It (Paperback)
This book provides a pretty thorough and very easy-to-read summary of the state of Britain as it enters 2010, written about the system, by someone who thinks, it seems, only in terms of the system.

The 15 Chapters commence with a precise of what is to come and then leads the reader through an analysis of the state of Britain covering topics such as economy, government, justice, nanny state, education and health. Each chapter treats the reader to an emotional ride through the ideas, policies and results of the New Labour government. Be warned! If you get aggravated by politics and the government, maybe you should meditate or go for a walk before or after reading each chapter!

There is not however - and perhaps it is outside of the books premise - an analysis of the legacy left behind by the Conservatives and how this impacted upon the New Labour government and policies.

The final chapter the author reserves for his solutions to the rotten state of Britain. This is where personally I think the book falls down. Partly because I found the final chapter a bit too short (possibly due to length of book required by publishers; we'd been treated to a lengthy narrative on the rotten state of Britain and then unfortunately been given what a short summary of possible solutions?). But what I found more disappointing was that the author appears unable to really think outside of the box.

His solutions are still part of the same system that has failed us all, if you disagree with that statement consider the homeless (not that all are necessarily unhappy living as they do), the abused, the drug abuse, the prison system, the necessity to spend most of our time working in order to live in this system and so on. There are no radical alternatives, but rather alongside decentralisaion (a positive idea in my opinion) a submission of the idea that we should all increase our working age to 68. Of course, the wealthy would not need to do this, unless of course they are too addicted to their overblown status (politicians come to mind, as do media presenters) but most of us would have to. Personally I find that idea repulsive and indicative of someone who really cannot see any alternative.

So, in conclusion. If you can only think in terms of this system, then this is a good book to read. If you are a free thinker and looking for an alternative to this sad attempt at civilisation look elsewhere.
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