- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Verso Books; New edition edition (11 April 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1859842887
- ISBN-13: 978-1859842881
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 13.5 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 700,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cruel Britannia: Reports on the Sinister and the Preposterous Paperback – 11 Apr 2000
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For some time past Nick Cohen has been, for all intents and purposes, the sole exponent of Her Majesty's loyal opposition. With a rump Conservative minority more intent on internal battles and a left wing smothered by the New Labour media machine, Cohen has been almost alone as a critic of the Blair regime. Like the little boy calling out about the Emperor's new clothes, he has been one of the most consistent and forthright opponents of New Labour.
Cruel Britannia is a collection of Cohen's writings in the Observer, London Review of Books, New Statesman and the Jewish Quarterly. Collected together and embellished by revision and more recent additions, this book comprises a serious indictment of the UK government and confirms Cohen as the strongest and most convincing voice from the left in recent years. Taken together these essays and articles cover nearly every possible area of policy and throughout the writing is incisive and the criticism thorough and thoughtful. As the Cassandra of his time, Cohen deserves to be read and re-read by all people who have an interest in the development of British and European politics. --Douglas Pretsell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"If I listened to Nick Cohen I would never win an election." -- Tony Blair "A superb journalist... some of the most compelling writing to be published during the age of Blair." - Roy Hattersley, Guardian "Sharp and Punchy... A shining example of how to take on the establishment. How New Labour must hate him." - Glasgow Herald "Cohen is a spin doctor's nightmare, wittily exposing all that is callous, hypocritical and vapid in the new politics ... [he] is one journalist who will never be bought, although the Conservatives could use his skills." - Financial Times 'To read Cruel Britannia is like swallowing a useful pill to purge optimism ... Cohen is a paid-up dissensus man." - Times Literary Supplement "Nick Cohen smell out the cesspits of corruption and injustice with the keenest of noses. He tells it as it is, without fear or favour. He's one of the few independent voices left in an increasingly closed society." - Harold Pinter "Cohen is his own man, not always consistent or right or coherent, but unspinnable and unignorable, a Cassandra at the court of a king whose control freakery might yet be his undoing." - Scotland on SundaySee all Product Description
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Cohen is an incisive and witty writer and his prose is a pleasure to read. What's more, you will learn a lot about Cruel Brittania and many myths about the government are exploded (to use a cliché).
Discover the truth about Blair's government who admits on the book's cover quote "If I listened to Nick Cohen I would never win an election".
Even of you have been an avid reader of Cohen's jounrlaism, these collected articles (which have been updated and tweaked) demand to be re-read.
When it comes with the recommendation of one of the few writers to rival Cohen; (or more accurately ally with him) Francis Wheen then you are guaranteed good stuff. What more can I say. Buy this book.
I'll compromise & give it 3
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Given his unwelcome and sensational revelations, the establishment - speaking broadly - quite understandably hates him to a serious degree in high circles, and his continued survival can only be attributed to his increasing public profile.
Watch this man. He's a danger to all the myths we hold dear.
(His columns have also made The Observer worth reading again.)
No wonder the wonks in Labour hate this man. Cohen has rumbled them.