How Britain (Really) Works
The Ideas and Institutions of a Nation
By Stig Abell
A witty, engaging and wide-ranging attempt to understand the country we now live in
A witty, engaging and wide-ranging attempt to understand the country we now live in.
Getting to grips with Great Britain is harder than ever. We are a nation that chose Brexit, rejects immigration but is dependent on it, is getting older but less healthy, is more demanding of public services but less willing to pay for them, is tired of intervention abroad but wants to remain a global authority. We have an over-stretched, free health service (an idea from the 1940s that may not survive the 2020s), overcrowded prisons, a military without an evident purpose, an education system the envy of none of the Western world.
In short, we are a fascinating social experiment, conducted on the fly, in a world in which untried technology is completely changing how we talk, act and are expected to behave. How did we get here and where are we going?
(P)2018 John Murray Press
Stig Abell is the editor of the TLS. He has a weekly radio show on LBC and has previously worked as managing editor of the Sun. He has written for publications including the Guardian, the Independent, The Spectator, the New Statesman and the New York Times, and appears regularly on many broadcast channels. How Britain (Really) Works is his first book.
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03 May 2018
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