The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It

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Melville House, 2015 - Business & Economics - 384 pages
A major bestseller in the UK and a six-time Best Book of 2014, The Establishment is a sweeping look at how power and money have made British politics hugely undemocratic. Power, money, and undemocratic politics--wait, does that sound familiar?

Who wields power in politics? It is a question that's asked all too often--and never really answered. But that's exactly what Owen Jones has done in The Establishment, which has already taken Great Britain by storm. To expose the shadowy and unaccountable network of people who dominate British political life--the people who influence major decisions and reap huge profits in the process--Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the very heart of the elite.

From the lobbies of the Houses of Parliament to Rupert Murdoch's newsrooms to the conference rooms of some of the world's biggest banks, Jones systematically explores the revolving doors that link the worlds of politics, media, and finance--and shows how this corrupt and incestuous world came to be.

Funny, sharp, and rich with brilliant descriptions of the men and women at the heart of the elite, The Establishment is a joy to read, but its diagnosis is deadly serious: the establishment is the biggest threat to democracy today. And it's time, writes Jones, for it to be challenged.
 

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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

The Outriders
19
The Westminster Cartel
49
Media ocracy
89
The Boys in Blue
129
Scrounging Off the State
173
Tycoons and TaxDodgers
209
Masters of the Universe
249
The Illusion of Sovereignty
279
A Democratic Revolution
303
Afterword
325
Acknowledgements
339
Index
353
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OWEN JONES's first book, the international bestseller Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and chosen by Dwight Garner as one of the New York Times's top 10 non-fiction books of 2011. In 2013, he received the Young Writer of the Year prize at the Political Book Award. He is a columnist for the Guardian and a regular contributor to BBC radio and television.

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