The Establishment: And how they get away with it

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Penguin UK, Sep 4, 2014 - Political Science - 384 pages

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'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


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.

'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

 

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User Review  - Paul_S - LibraryThing

Starts out saying it's not about the lizard people, it's about the organisations and then follows on with stories about lizard people. Apparently unions are the only way to fight lizard people. I would've thought fire to be more effective. Clearly these are asbestos lined lizard people. Read full review

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User Review  - PDCRead - LibraryThing

The Establishment... Everyone knows what you mean when you talk about it, but do you actually know what it is? Sometimes though to be the aristocracy, or the political elite, in this book Jones aims ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword to the Paperback Edition
Introduction
The Outriders
The Westminster Cartel
Mediaocracy
The Boys in Blue
Scrounging off the State
Tycoons and TaxDodgers
Masters of the Universe
The Illusion of Sovereignty
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Owen Jones was born in Sheffield, grew up in Stockport and studied history at Oxford. His first book, the international bestseller Chavs, was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and chosen as one of the New York Times top 10 non-fiction books of 2011. In 2013 he won Young Writer of the Year at the Political Book Awards. His second book is the bestselling The Establishment: and How They Get Away With It, an exposť of Britain's powerful elites. He is a columnist for the Guardian and a frequent broadcaster.

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