The Establishment,, Paperback Book
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Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process.

In exposing this shadowy and complex system that dominates our lives, Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City.

Exposing the revolving doors that link these worlds, and the vested interests that bind them together, Jones shows how, in claiming to work on our behalf, the people at the top are doing precisely the opposite.

In fact, they represent the biggest threat to our democracy today - and it is time they were challenged. 'Fantastic, timely, eye-opening' Armando Iannucci, New Statesman, Books of the Year 'Captures a collective sense of anger and awakening' Matt Haig, Observer, Books of the Year 'A book of revelations ...The Establishment have stitched it up - stitched you up - and they know it' Danny Dorling, Times Higher Education Supplement 'A dissection of the profoundly and sickeningly corrupt state that is present-day Britain. He is a fine writer, and this is a truly necessary book' Philip Pullman 'Owen Jones is a phenomenon of our times' David Kynaston, The Times Literary Supplement 'You will be enlightened and angry' Irvine Welsh


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Politics & government
  • ISBN: 9780141974996

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I can't think of a better political education than the last two book that I have read; this one (obviously) and Thomas Piketty's 'Capital in the 21st Century'. This book is a well researched exposé of the real power within Britain today. Amongst other things, it gives the first credible explanation as to the British desperation to follow the US into Afghanistan and Iraq. The faceless establishment members are not named; this would probably have been a step too far and the book would have been banned, purely in the interests of the state, but the workings and history are laid bare for all to read. The sad thing is that so few will so do. I am a tight wad and waited until a second hand copy was available: I didn't know whether to be pleased or disappointed, when it arrived and had, quite clearly never been opened by its previous owner. Even those with good attentions fall when faced with a little bit of work.At the moment, it seems that the system is unbeatable and, I certainly do not see it falling in response to the 2015 general election, which will return one of the well trained parties. Jones does offer a ray of hope at the end of the book where, he reminds us that the truths of today, the self evident facts which need no explanation, can and do become the unbelievable falsehoods of tomorrow. The internet is allowing an alternative truth to be told, one that the establishment owned press would never allow to infiltrate their august pages. This is one of the reasons why it is imperative that we do not permit the censorship of the world wide web. Certainly, some of the articles that one finds are unpleasant but, once a censor is appointed, the old 'quis custodiet ipsos custodes' question arises - and I think that we all know who it would be...

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