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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (27 Mar. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786691558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786691552
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 3.7 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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'As a revolutionary text, Carswell's is right up there with the Communist Manifesto' Sunday Times.

'A passionately expressed set of arguments about why our current political arrangements do not work' Daily Telegraph.

'Carswell is as genuine a rebel as parliament contains' The Times.

'Unusual and fascinating' Irish Independent.

'Mr Carswell makes his case well' The Economist.

'There is remarkable breadth of history in this book, ranging from ancient Greece to the present day' Guardian.

About the Author

Douglas Carswell grew up in Uganda. After working in television and the City, Carswell stood against Tony Blair at the 2001 General Election. The MP for Clacton since 2005, he is the author of The Plan: Twelve Months to Renew Britain (with Daniel Hannan) and The End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy.


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Carswell has walked out on UKIP where he was clearly very unhappy. A divorce is not therefore a dreadful shock. Indeed, some in the party have welcomed his departure, or so they say. He may well return to the Tory fold come the next General Election.

Carswell claims he only joined UKIP to help us get out of the EU. Like many, he is concerned about the current one dimensional party platform. Farage is understandably not dismayed about events as he blames Carswell for failing to get him a knighthood. There are rumours, fuelled by Banks , that Carswell was going to be expelled on the 27th March. Not for the first time there is widespread dissension within the party. Banks has called Douglas a rat. Nuttall whose job increasingly resembles a UN peacekeeper has been also uncomplimentary about the departed. That strange politician Tim Farron has even accused May of being the secret UKIP leader.

In his book, whose publication has been timed beautifully, Carswell in 19 chapters discusses power, new radicals, the corruption of capitalism, new money, the new oligarchy, parasites, tyranny, bankers, what is to be done and our illiberal elite. There is also a short bibliography.

The book focuses on radical populism, all the rage at the moment, the sea -change which Carswell claims is taking place in our politics and the future. He argues these insurgencies are a reaction against a new elite oligarchy that has subverted our democracy and stifled our market system . Politics he says is 'rigged in the interests of an emerging oligarchy'. While there is much truth in this it is not all that new. He argues that our liberal democracy is under assault from this oligarchy and radical populists.
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By cottesmore VINE VOICE on 27 April 2017
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Like him or hate him, you cannot easily ignore Carswell.
Is he a rebel? A turncoat perhaps? An opportunist then? Maybe a bit of them all, I am not sure myself. He does write a damned good book, in an easy, comfortable style that makes light work of some heavy material. Whatever your political stance you will find much to agree with in Carswell's "Rebel". I liked it... I liked it a lot!
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You likely either love or hate Douglas Carswell. But this book shows a depth to the man and modern liberal/libertarian thinking.]

It takes something special to be heckled from UKIP, Labour and the Tories. Carswell achieved that by uncompromisingly condemning what he sees as a small oligarchical circle of 'elites'.

This book reads more like an optimistic radically liberal manifesto for the future of capitalism and democracy. Firmly taking power away from the select few and distributing as close to the people as possible. Even if your ideology falls more on the statist left or right this is a fascinating, well executed and meticulously researched read. I can't recommend it enough.
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Douglas Carswell is now our independent MP and on reading his book we now have a better insight into his thinking the book is very well researched and very informative He is a very intelligent man who knows what it like to be disadvantaged and also an MP who has had the guts to do what a lot of other members of Parliament would never do he understands the new political environment we live in and genuinely cares about his constituent's has always replied to letters promptly always with an overview that is refreshing The book is a very interesting read if only we could overcome the rigged political system we have at present well done Douglas !
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I read his previous book "The end of Politics and the birth of idemocracy and thoroughly enjoyed it. Ditto for this one. Douglas Carson is a one off in UK politics.
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