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Disappointing but worth reading anyway,
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This review is from: Greed Unlimited: How Cameron and Clegg Protect the Elites While Squeezing the Rest of Us (Paperback)
This book is basically an updated version of all the other books David Craig has written where he rants against all the smug arrogance, corruption, incompetence and hypocrisy of the people who run modern Britain.
Even for those who have read his previous books, there are good things about this book. There are updated statistics and examples demonstrating where the coalition is failing to live up to its promises to reign in the excesses of Labour waste.
Much of the book summarises his other books but often over simplifies. The tone is sensationalist, sarcastic and often fails in attempting to be witty, all contribute unnecessary verbosity. Most annoying is its vagueness about details. An example is on page 275 where half the page describes "one of the most histrionically vociferous members of the Public Accounts Committee" and this individual's arrogance and incompetence... but this individual is never identified. Why not? If Mr. Craig is factually correct and avoids exaggeration then he has no reason to fear libel. Throughout the book, these kind of unnecessary omissions are frustrating and sometimes, detract from its credibility. In other places, identities of people can be inferred by checking the (sparse) references but omissions remain annoying.
So overall, the book is disappointing. Far from his strongest book but nevertheless, interesting in some parts for the updated material.
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Initial post: 25 Jul 2013 07:43:03 BDT
Thanks for your review. Essentially GREED UNLIMITED was intended to do to the Coalition what my books PLUNDERING THE PUBLIC SECTOR, SQUANDERED and FLEECED did for New Labour - expose the incompetence, stupidity, corruption and waste. The reason I perhaps haven't named as many names as in my previous books is that I published GREED UNLIMITED myself, whereas the other books were done by a mainstream publisher. As I wasn't able to afford to pay a lawyer to read the book for possible libel, I've had to be a bit more careful when I name the "guilty". Hope this explains the issues you brought up in your review.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2013 10:33:14 BDT
D. Halliday says:
Thank you for your reply and clarification Mr. Craig. I can appreciate you have to be careful and I hope you don't take my mixed review as a suggestion that the book is a failure. I'd like to commend you for doing an excellent job at holding these people to account, something that surprisingly few others authors are doing successfully.
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