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The Rotten State of Britain: How Gordon Lost a Decade and Cost a Fortune Kindle Edition
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For it can seem too often that, in the minds of the public, the battle between Left and Right in politics is brought down solely to Economics - people seemingly feeling that all other things are at least somewhat equal - in this polemic Butler beautifully illustrates the fallacious nature of such dire misconceptions. The author painstakingly lays out and critiques every policy decision, shady-dealing & misstep of a government which - steered by Brown & Blair - felt it could do no wrong as long as it strode forth into doom "for the sake of The People"
Highly recommended - even though the subject matter is now somewhat 'old news'
What he expresses is what many of us sense, without access to the sources that he has to verify our instincts. It's a pretty damning condemnation of what has been a wretched and deeply wasteful regime. Not before time and not without very good reason.
I recently emigrated with my family from the UK to Germany. Aside from the personal reasons behind the move, at least a part of the final decision was made for us by the self-evidently parlous state of education, health and welfare provision in the UK. In short, it was obvious to us that (unless we were willing to take a chance on the local state schools - we weren't) a decent education for our son was going to cost us the thick end of 100K - money we neither had nor wished to invest in that way - that public health provision was a demonstrable shambles, and that any attempt we made to provide for a comfortable retirement was very less than certain to be successful. This much was blindingly obvious from personal experience, even without Dr Butler's informed analysis.
So we left, taking ten of thousands of pounds worth of UK tertiary education with us, for a country that has already achieved much of what Dr Butler puts on his wish list at the end of this intriguing book.Read more ›
He makes no bones that Blair and Brown built on weaknesses already present, in particular Britain's chronic over-centralisation, but also points to New Labour's doleful record of undermining checks on executive power in the civil service, parliament and elsewhere.
He concludes with a well-judged call for central government to retreat from responsibilities which it cannot discharge. His book is far better qualified to set a pre-election agenda (and far more moral) than Will Hutton's 1996 diatribe, from which it takes its name.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is thought provoking and puts forward some common sense solutions. It would be nice if Mr Butler could update this bookPublished 5 months ago by Liza Dolittle
This book is a must read. How long will it take to undo the harm. Slowly, our liberties were eroded, our money wasted but wait, Read The Book.Published 14 months ago by Mrs. C. J. Jones
A bit dated now, and the editor should have caught some of the spelling/grammar/typographical mistakes.Published 16 months ago by E. Plant
A pleasure to read a book written by someone who has a firm grasp on the facts. We appear to need some big thinking people in government to restore the country to its rightful... Read morePublished 17 months ago by K D Connelly
Eamonn Butler really does lift the lid on the atrocious skullduggery undertaken routinely by the Blair / Brown partnership. Read morePublished 24 months ago by RB
This is a really excellent book. It is well researched and is also both entertaining and shocking. Why are these things not widely known. Read morePublished on 23 May 2015 by Duncan P Goodwin
An interesting book, marred by typing errors. It's sub-title is a little harsh on Gordon Brown; certainly he made some appalling errors and helped to mess up the country alongside... Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2015 by Steve Hewitt
Excellent. IF only all residents in UK would read it, might bring us all to some action against all govenmentsPublished on 8 Jan. 2015 by tricia nixon
fantastic, a mine of information for the reader to digest; a real eye opener, well done to the author for a thoroughly well researched
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