- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; First Edition edition (17 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743295277
- ISBN-13: 978-0743295277
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.2 x 3.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 539,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Triumph of the Political Class Hardcover – 17 Sep 2007
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'A brilliant anatomisation of the reality of the contemporary situation' -- 'Guido Fawkes', order-order.com
'Accusations of constitutional impropriety are supported with chapter and verse . . . Apocalyptic . . . Convincing' -- Simon Jenkins, Sunday Times
'An extremely important book' -- Iain Martin, Sunday Telegraph
'An important social text' -- Sarah Sands, Financial Times
'Compelling [and] thought-provoking . . . A powerful and troubling study' -- Nick Cohen, Observer
'Provocative and important . . . A devastating portrait of Britain's new ruling class' -- Daily Mail
'What Oborne accurately, passionately and clearly describes is the replacement of one ruling class by another' -- Sameer Rahim, Daily Telegraph
About the Author
Peter Oborne is a former political editor of the SPECTATOR. He now writes a weekly column for the DAILY MAIL, in addition to writing and presenting regular TV documentaries on current affairs.
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Peter Oborne is a columnist on the Right Wing Daily Mail, the organ of conservative Middle England. He has nevertheless written a revolutionary tract, which is essential reading for anyone who wants to overthrow Britain's ruling class.
In The Triumph Of The Political Class, he shows how that class has been transformed, largely by stealth, within the space of a generation.
Britain used to be governed by the Establishment, a network of people who knew each other (often through family) and largely shared the same social background, education and values. These values were pre-eminently Victorian: their best qualities were public service and incorruptibility, their worst were amateurism and snobbery. Their values were very strongly enforced - the monarch who rejected them, Edward VIII, was dethroned at the Establishment's behest. For about a hundred years this Establishment and its values dominated the governance of Britain through its grip on its major institutions, the home and overseas civil service, the armed forces, the judiciary and the City of London (before deregulation). They were buttressed by the monarchy, the state churches, and most of the media, especially the BBC. Although they dominated the political system, they regarded politics as a duty, rather than a career: indeed for most of the twentieth century it was almost impossible to make a living out of politics alone. People went into politics to represent their class or their locality, and they kept strong personal links with the interests in civil society which they represented.
This Establishment was remarkably adaptive.Read more ›
Oborne should perhaps have written more about the role of the European Union in the motivation of this class of political leaders. It is an astonishing fact, when you think about it, that this political class craves power and yet has chosen to transfer a lot of political authority to Brussels. Why is that? It would be good for Oborne to have perhaps asked more about that. I personally think that many, if not all, of the pro-EU types are careerists who hope to jump on board the gravy train, although some may idealistically believe that we should create a federal EU state and naively expect that such a state will be democratically accountable.
Oborne also denounces the role of the media and he is right to do so. But I should point out - hardly surprising on an internet site like this - that the internet and new media are providing a necessary corrective to the craven approach adopted by the tabloids, broadsheets, the BBC and ITV. Blogs now play a role in flagging up issues that the mainstream press are too cowardly to confront. Take the blogger "Guido Fawkes", who has exposed all types of government wrongdoing, such as the cash-for-peerages affair and other scandals. The role of the internet should not be understimated.
More broadly, though, I fear that Oborne does not sufficiently realise that the rise of a political class, or new establishment, is very difficult to resist when the government grabs almost half of the national income and regulates the rest of society so heavily.Read more ›
This book is a damning polemic that illustrates how, over the course of the last two decades, all of the institutions that underpin our civil liberties and the mechanisms of good governance have been subverted by a political class who are, essentially, career politicians who use their position for their own ends rather than the public good. Oborne is unsparing in identifying all party and machine politicians, whether of left, right or centre as members of this political class (whilst occasionally identifying the odd maverick who still seems to have the best interests of the world outside at heart).
If you want a cartoon depiction of the difference between a member of the modern political class and the old Establishment, it would be that if you put the two of them in a queue, the new political class would be pushing to the head of the queue, shouting "don't you know who I am?".
This is a profoundly depressing read for anybody who cares about the way we are governed and about the continual encroachment on civil liberties that seems to be endemic in this country nowadays. But it should nonetheless be read before these fools and charlatans turn the whole country into a police state and start burning books like this because their opinions are subversive.
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Conspiracy theories abound and I'm largely disinterested, as they're typically ridiculous and built on fantasy. These incidents, however, are all well-documented. Read morePublished 10 months ago by VJP
A fascinating read that uncovers the success of the political class in taking over the running of the country.Published on 13 Sept. 2014 by C G Hillman
I've been eyeing up Peter Oborne for quite a while now, but somehow couldn't stomach the thought of reading an entire book by a journalist from the Daily Telegraph. Read morePublished on 20 May 2014 by S Wood
As one who follows and broadly enjoys daily politics I was shocked by the sharp and pithy revelations brought out by this book. Read morePublished on 4 May 2014 by carnivalpete
Read this and your eyes will open. It shows how - starting with Blair's Labour government of 1997 - politicians of all colours have basically come together to protect themselves... Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2014 by Malcolm Parkin
Mr Oborne takes an important subject and makes it fascinating and readable without sacrificing anything to over-simplicity. Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2014 by Molten Beaks