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The Carp Club (or The Election That Never Was) Paperback – 2010

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Morrow & Co; 1st edition (2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0948903406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948903403
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,796,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Mr Barr is an angry man, and rightly so. His first book, Real Football Real Fans is a response to the absurdities and excesses of the Premier League. This one is an attack on the failings, and failures, of our political class in the context of the Parliamentary expenses scandal and the financial crisis. Plenty of readers will have sympathy with his views, but few would have the imagination and wit to express anger in the form of an elegant fable based on carp fishing. Swift and Voltaire come to mind, with an underlying touch of Orwell. Mr Barr's knowledge of fishing is as impressive as his humour; the book raises a number of important contemporary political and social issues in its 170 pages, but is so well written that it is easy to underestimate its importance. Read and enjoy.
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To be honest I embarked on reading this book with a bit of trepidation, knowing little of carp fishing and politics. However, I was very soon gripped by the wonderfully strong characters, the countdown to election night and a burning curiosity to see just how the tale would unfold. Brilliantly written, Barr writes with an engaging style, brimming over with wit, intellect and punnery!! Love it.

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!
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I came across this book having had the author's excellent bantheballot website and blog recommended to me. It's a kind of fishy Animal Farm dealing with such well-versed themes as avaricious bankers and self-serving, ineffectual politicians but in an original, engaging and witty way. It's amusing and has an enjoyable storyline but is also pretty hard-hitting and devasting in its critique of the powers that be.

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.
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This is a book of fishes, politicians, banksters (good name for them), wretched carp poetry, and lots of jokes. It is also a serious and sometimes angry exploration of the shortcomings of our political system. The allegory of the carp club and its forthcoming election allows an entertaining story to explore serious questions in a way that might seem too heavy without the humour. What does a voter do who dislikes all of the major parties? Can John Fisher's ban the ballot campaign restore power to the voters or will the career carpist/politicians forever pursue their increasingly irrelevent quarrels without noticing that the carp have all died and the banksters have paid themselves all of the club's money? A thoughtful book and a really good read.
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