A trenchant new book by Eamonn Butler decrying the state of Britain today. Special Offer £6.00, Normal Price £12.99
Over-centralized government, a politicized civil service, a feeble Parliament and Cabinet, our rights eroded, bullying police and public officials, international isolation, a mountain of public and private debt, a proud country brought to its knees – that is how Will Hutton summed up the Thatcher/Major years in his 1995 book The State We’re In. But now, all those things are in fact very much worse.
In The Rotten State of Britain, Dr Eamonn Butler draws on a decade of media stories about political sleaze, lying, spin, the stifling of free speech, the erosion of liberties, nannying, debt, overspending, job losses, bankruptcies and public service failures. Like an Impressionist painter, he stands back from the detail to show just what an ugly picture of Britain is emerging – a Britain run by a self-serving political class who now believes in her own lies, and where justice, democracy and rights exist only in name.
2009, Published by Gibson Square Ltd, ISBN 978 1 90 614234 6, 224pp, PB.