The Carp Club (or The Election That Never Was) Paperback – 2010
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John Fisher was sickened by the decline of the Carp Club. The members of the House of Carpery had quarrelled with each other and become ever more remote from the electorate. They did nothing as the banksters ripped the heart out of the Club's finances. They did not even notice that the carp were all dead as they trumpeted ever more extravagant claims for the excellence of their achievements. Voting for any of the groupings meant more of the same. The grip of the Prime Administer on the Carpinet took democratic control away from the voters. John Fisher saw only one way to return power to the membership and so the Ban the Ballot campaign was born. As John pursues his aims, he threatens the cosy cartel of the career carpists. The dirty tricks of the establishment would be scarcely credible but for their uncanny resemblance to real life.
Top Customer Reviews
I would recommend this to anyone and everyone: it is a well written and well timed release - somebody needs to be expressing and communicating these views!
The Carp Club really appealed to me because I, like many others, am feeling utterly depressed about the forthcoming election - Labour have got to go, even if the Conservatives committed themselves to any policies I wouldn't want them in charge and the Lib Dems have failed to seize the initiative in what should have been their golden opportunity to take politics in a different direction. That only leaves a protest vote for the Greens or someone as a viable option for me but there's no point really. One or the other bunch of R.S. Holes will get into power but not voting for any of them is not going to feel much better because it won't change anything.
However, the book is more than the rant of an aging, disenfranchised, fishing-mad eccentric. It contains cogent and balanced arguments looking at why the current system doesn't work and is full of references to polictical history, both old and recent. Best of all, Barr actually proposes a practical, workable solution to the current morass which would divest us of our feeling of powerlessness. I won't give it away here but it does make a lot of sense. To be honest, I can't think why his proposal has not been thought of by more mainstream commentators.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a witty, clever and thought provoking read - and directs savage satire at our politicians and electoral system. Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2010 by Mr. Christopher Davy
This timely book will tick all the boxes for those who relish sticking a
knife in the fishy side of politics, but won't make casting a vote any
easier. Read more
Whether you are casting your bread upon the water or fly-fising in the Yemen this is a book for all those who take an interest in the state of the nation and its woeful lack of... Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2010 by Maglia Rosa