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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (14 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849012865
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849012867
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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This book reveals the facts and figures behind the economic mismanagement that landed us in the situation we are today, and shows how we have been betrayed by our politicians, bureaucrats and bankers. A shocking and depressing but necessary read. (Independent on Sunday)

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In Fleeced! David Craig and Matthew Elliott expose the 'guilty men': the politicians, bureaucrats and bankers who have brought this country to its knees.

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a brilliant, insightful book, but it may make you want to cry! The scale of the kleptocracy & incompetence is mind-boggling (if you are reading this you probably thought this anyway). Some really good, practical ideas are also contained within the book on how to immediately start making an impact into reducing the UKs debt mountain & future, unpayable financial commitments, but the self-serving political classes will avoid all of them.

Another book that should be compulsory reading for all the electorate prior to the election, not just to kick out the moronic excuse for a Gvmt that we are lumbered with, but we need commitments from other parties about what they intend to do to solve the problems highlighted in this book. People need to understand exactly how bad our finances are & to get angry with the political class. They ALL need to change, and public apathy will suit these self-serving hyenas.

This book should be the start, but I wish that they had given more direction on the best ways for readers to take action, or even how we can start working together AGAINST the political class.

Wholeheartedly recommended.
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This book would have benefited from more and better referencing and perhaps a list of suggestions for further reading, especially concerning the state of the NHS, education and how the banking system works. With such a wealth and diversity of material crammed into a mere 280 pages (including tables and charts), you will certainly feel better informed than you did before, but you may end up feeling you know "a little about a lot". Despite these deficiencies, it's a book I would highly recommend for anyone who cares about the future of Britain. It is written in a refreshingly punchy, direct style and the authors cite many reputable statistical sources to back up their arguments.

Fleeced! consists of twelve chapters grouped into four main sections, entitled "Making Us Poorer", "The "Bureaucratisation of Britain", "The Untouchable Elites", "Fighting Back".

In chapters 1-4, the authors start by putting our current national woes into the context of the global economic crisis, while making it brutally clear that this does not absolve the UK government. They explain how persistent low inflation and low interest rates led to banks and large investors being tempted by risky financial products in search of higher yields, small investors going into buy-to-let, and consumers and governments alike embracing "lend-and-spend" culture. The authors are sceptical about the value of the banking bailout and predict rough times ahead, as banks squeeze both borrowers and savers in order to build up their capital reserves and continue to flog various over-hyped investment products to the unwary. As if that's not enough, stocks and shares may well continue to provide poor returns, sapping the performance of private pensions.
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Given the author's previous books, predictably excellent account of how 12 years of NuLabour has wrecked Britain, impoverished millions and rewarded the few beyond the dreams of avarice.

The gravy train you just knew existed but could never get on is laid bare and the Fabian nomenklatura in the 'big tent' are identified.

Every day now, the papers uncover more corruption, cronyism and theft amongst the elite who for years have sneered at the 'little people' they've crushed under the tax burden. (The unlucky ones having been killed by medical bungling or MRSA).

Brown's 'scorched earth' policies will mean the incoming Tory government will inherit the worst economic situation for in a 100 years, having left NuLabour one of the best in 1997.

If anyone has doubts about the wisdom of fleeing bust, broken Britain then buy this book!
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This is a thoroughly researched assessment of just how the last Labour government mismanaged the UK economy, allowed a culture of greed to thrive, wasted obscene amounts of taxpayers money on excessive bureaucratic control and failed social and economic policies, failed to stop bankers and financial speculators from gambling away the nation's wealth and then enriched themselves at our expense. And the sad thing is there's no light at the end of the tunnel. Its hard not to read books like this without understanding what motivates people to embrace more radical politics.
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I have not quite finished this book on the financial malfeasance of the last Labour government. As it says on the cover, it should not be read by anyone suffering from high blood pressure.
The sheer waste of hard earned public funds and the inflated salaries for senior civil servants has to be seen to be believed and as for the quangocrats, well read it for yourself to understand where our money went.
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I make no apology for stating that this is my favourite author of the truth. Not 'one sided', no 'left wing' 'right wing'. Each chapter backed up by reference to sources of information. Another 'must read', Be prepared for more shocks before you start reading.
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As someone in my thirties I find it quite worrying looking ahead at where this country seems to be going. 30 years of "yes men" politicians who are too precious about their careers has meant that too many promises have been made to the electorate. This culminated in New Labour, which was a massive shame for our democracy. Blair could have done anything with his majority when he entered parliament in 97, and yet we can't point the finger at any progress, on any level or in any department of government, that he and Brown has left us! Now, we are left with the symptons of their misrule presenting itself: banks, BBC, police, media. Every section of public sector society/service seems to be in the hands of morons who foul up and walk away with a pension, unpunished. £15 billion on an NHS IT system? What happened to that then?

Sigh. It's enough to drive one to extremism.

Now, where did I put my guillotine?
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