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The Rotten State of Britain: How Gordon Lost a Decade and Cost a Fortune by [Butler, Eamonn]
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'Suicide may be the only answer.' Austin Mitchell MP, PA Quote of the Day; 'Timely and worrying - a devastating report card.' Professor Trentmann, Sunday Express; 'Turns and bites Labour.' John Lloyd, Financial Times --1

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Eamonn Butler is the head of the non-political London-based Adam Smith think tank. He writes for the Guardian, Independent, Times, Daily Telegraph and other publications.

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  • Publisher: Gibson Square (28 Mar. 2014)
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  • Language: English
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A political and social Rubicon was crossed during the New Labour years and this tome serves as a wonderfully acerbic analysis of precisely why that should concern the average Briton so much, and why those concerns should be kept in mind at the ballot-box in future elections.

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'
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Read it and weep!!
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On one level, this book wouldn't look out of place as an extended Daily Mail or Telegraph leader, albeit significantly better written than most. On another level, given the credentials of the author and his closeness to the affairs of government, it has to be taken as more than a reactionary rant or the sounding off of a golf club bore. Dr Butler has clearly thought this through and worked out his argument in fine detail, even allowing for his occasional divergences into personal diatribe.

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.
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HaHa! Now I see how Gordon did it. What an eyeopener! However, although the current lot appear to be recovering the perilous situation in our nation - I see why most of the damage is irrecoverable. And the medicine is for some worse than the disease - Gordon and obviously Blair may claim 'unintended consequences', but the control at the centre now appears to be unstoppable.Britain may have got some world respect back since the book was written - but we still have no respect for our own bankers, who, even now, receive bonuses more than their salaries. Just like our MPs (particularly ministers) - they have no idea they should be responding to constituents needs not their whips - spin doctors still rule the roost. If they were as honest as this book is, this nation would be less rotten, and Eamonn Butler would be able to write a follow up to this revealing book - I certainly enjoyed and learnt a lot from it.
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Dr Butler has written an book whose passion does nothing to take away from its cool-headed analysis. His demolition of the Blair/Brown years embraces not merely New Labour's well-known failings: spin over substance, the nanny and surveillance state, stealth taxes and wasted money, but illustrates the emptiness of its proudest boasts: "no return to boom and bust", "education, education, education", "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime".

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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The Rotten State of Britain successfully analyses the past 15 years of Britain's economic, political, and social history in an effort to get to the root of the country's current overriding problems. This is a book that every citizen of the UK should read, for it speaks not about policies foreign to the average taxpayer but issues that affect daily life. From the overwhelming state of surveillance to the rising absence of civil liberties, not to mention the soaring taxes, which are too often wasted on failing programs and companies, most of the topics get right to the effects on the citizen. Even more daunting are his alarming studies in healthcare, education, and the state of welfare. The Rotten State of Britain is not a book on cynicism but realism, and if the rest of the country becomes aware of these follies, the problems may become easier to correct. An excellent read from beginning to end and a work that people from every background can enjoy, it is thorough, concise, and riveting.
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