Fleeced!: How we've been betrayed by the politicians, bureaucrats and bankers - and how much they've cost us Paperback – 14 Sep 2009
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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)
In Fleeced! David Craig and Matthew Elliott expose the 'guilty men': the politicians, bureaucrats and bankers who have brought this country to its knees.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
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!
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.
Sigh. It's enough to drive one to extremism.
Now, where did I put my guillotine?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a sad fact that more people haven't read and understood how much we have been robbed.
The bastards are all at it, as this book clearly shows. Read more
A thought provoking book let down by the 'must sell' style of writingPublished 24 months ago by Lamu Hermit
Good book if you want to know watt is happening in the economy this is a good read on how the your money is spentPublished on 22 Feb. 2014 by cityman
The authors describe a disgraceful and, (I think), true situation in government and banks but, unfortunately, as these organisations are self-perpetuating and self-serving despite... Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2012 by Alan M. Hill
This book is extrememly detailed, interesting and to a large extent scary. I have read quite a few books by David Craig and Matthew Elliot and this book has definitely lived up to... Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2010 by H. Evison