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on 7 April 2018
This is a difficult book to review as opinions will vary greatly according to one's political leanings. The best authors of non fiction, especially when subjects involve politics and social class, are those who are successfully able, as difficult as it may be, to sit on the proverbial fence. Owen Jones is a political activist and thus not able to sit on said proverbial fence, so this book is very much what one might expect from such an author. The book contains much criticism of Mrs Thatcher and Tony Blair's New Labour with regard to the demise of much of Britain's manufacturing industry, in particular the collieries and their communities, and by dragging New Labour under the spotlight the author is due some credit. The problem is, the author fails to mention other factors which contributed to the decline of manufacturing industries, their communities and the reduced 'clout' of the Trades Unions although in fairness many of these factors had their roots in the politics of way back before Mrs Thatcher's time. In something of a contrast the BNP gets a mention, initially quite scathing but later in the book highlighting their supposedly good points. This odd 'U turn' leads the reader to wonder why, if Jones can be like this with the BNP then why couldn't he take the same approach with other parties? A minor annoyance is the use of American spellings among text predominantly in British English but this may not actually be the author's fault. On the plus side the book is well, albeit selectively, researched, contains numerous statistics and quotes from interviews with many people ranging from present and former politicians to what one might call ordinary people, for want of a better term. Thus clearly the author put a phenomenal amount of effort into the book and, regardless of whether one agrees with him or not, credit should be given for this. I would suggest anybody interested in this book first learn about Owen Jones, Wikipedia being adequate for this purpose, and also reading his other book "The Establishment: And how they get away with it" and from there forming their own opinions.
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on 21 August 2017
Good. Just what I needed. Arrived in good time and as described.
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on 29 June 2017
A stark reminder that we need to organise ourselves around a set of rational evidence based principles of we are to develop a fair society
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on 8 February 2018
excellent
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on 20 February 2018
Essential to understand British society
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on 23 October 2017
A GOOD READ
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on 29 September 2017
If you are concerned about the growing inequality in society, this book is a must read. Owen Jones tells it as it is, highly recommend this book.
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on 4 January 2018
This was a good read, although I found it a little repetitive - but an important subject and would recommend.
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on 25 August 2017
A gift much appreciated by the recipient
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on 17 January 2018
Not finished it yet but enjoying the concept.
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