- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Reform Research Trust (8 April 2014)
- ISBN-10: 1849547319
- ISBN-13: 978-1849547314
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Race Plan: An authentic liberal plan to get Britain fit for 'The Global Race' Paperback – 8 Apr 2014
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This book is both timely and welcome... refreshingly radical. --City AM
His new book is a deliberately bracing read… The first sally in the war for the soul of the Liberal Democrats. --Spectator
[a] bracing book. --The Times
A cri de Coeur for free-market liberalism. --George Eaton, New Statesman
It is heartening … to see a politician be unashamedly ideological and to put forward big ideas, as Jeremy Browne MP does in Race Plan. --Total Politics
[a] bracing book. --The Times
About the Author
Jeremy Browne has been the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Taunton Deane since 2005. He was a Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2010-12, where his specific responsibilities included Pacific Asia and Latin America. From 2012-13 he was a Minister of State in the Home Office. Jeremy lives in Taunton and London with his partner Rachel and their daughter Molly.
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Because while the detail of the book focusses primarily on domestic policy, the theme that pulls it together, which provides its context, is Britain’s role in a rapidly-changing, globalising world.
This internationalist outlook is in itself a welcome antidote to the parochialism that too often infects our politics.
Two things struck me immediately reading this book. The first was the internationalism of its outlook. Probably not since the leadership of Paddy Ashdown has a senior Liberal Democrat’s thinking been so informed by global events. Secondly was its radicalism and profound ambition. It is amusing to see the headlines marking the book’s publication focussing so heavily on Browne’s call for a reduction in the top rate of tax, because this strikes me as one of the least ambitious of the book’s proposals. But it exemplifies perfectly the inherent critique throughout the book that the real danger facing Britain is not being too radical, too restless for change, but continuing with the small-scale, complacent debate that dominates our day-to-day politics.
It's his praise of South Korea that is the most intriguing, for China can simply be put to one side as dramatic but its own unique case. South Korea is, as Browne rightly points out, seen by many developing countries as the one to emulate, transforming itself from a poor dictatorship to a wealthy democracy with globally successful industries in less than half of one person's life time.
Yet South Korea is also the poster boy for the countries whose economic development path spurned a simple free market approach, with tariffs and market intervention a key part of their development. Back in the 1980s and 1990s this mix of market economy with regular state action made Asian Tigers such as South Korea of interest to many centre-left economists (on which see Robert Wade's classic Governing the Market). Plus all through this, South Korea did little to exert its influence on the wider world, relying heavily instead on the military protection and diplomatic patronage of the USA.
As policy mixes go, that makes South Korea's record all rather social democratic rather than economic liberal.Read more ›
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Why is our politics such a mess? I'm turning into a grumpy old man as the world spins down the tubes. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2014 by Dr. E. Townsend
I'm not really a Lib-Dem fan, but Jeremy is a good writer and is very balanced in his presentation and opinion. Read morePublished on 27 May 2014 by Adamski