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VINE VOICEon 19 April 2009
This book seems to be a combination of "Taking Liberties" by Chris Atkins and "The Triumph of the Political Class" by Peter Oborne. Both of these are better written. This one is more up to date.

While I agree with the underlying points that he is making, in his enthusiasm to make the point, he is a little sloppy in his research, a little lazy in his writing, and the sub-editing is a bit weak.

For example he criticises this government for rebranding what was called the Department for Trade and Industry" the "Department for Enterprise", now whatever we might think of the second name, it has existed since 1988 when the then Minister, Lord Young gave DTI a whizzy new look. However, Butler doesn't mention the brief rebranding (you couldn't make it up) of DTI as the Department for Productivity, Enterprise, Industry and Science), which some branding guru clearly thought was the right image until it was changed into an acronym. In fairness to Alan Johnson, one of the decent ones, when he got the job he just told them to change it back.

It's not the only example of sloppiness, and I hasten to add that I entirely agree with the gist of the book, it's just that I wish he'd done a better job of it.

If you've read Atkins or Oborne you don't need this one.
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