We are used to Ed Miliband’s post-neo-liberal mumbo-jumbo on the economy. We heard more of it in his speech to Progress on Saturday (see below). What was surprising, reading David Sainsbury’s book, Progressive Capitalism, is that he too criticises the New Labour government, in which he too was a minister, because it failed to “question fundamentally [...]
Ferdinand Mount – The New Few, or A Very British Oligarchy (Simon & Schuster, 26 April 2012)
Now might be a good time to post my review of Ferdinand Mount’s comically trite book. It starts with information that “everyone knows”, namely that the gap between rich and poor is widening. It isn’t. But it did in the [...]
David Nutt, Drugs – Without the Hot Air: Minimising the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs (UIT Cambridge, 31 May 2012)
A good book, full of information, but which suffers as a polemic from Nutt’s preferred style of debate. I read it because it was shortlisted for Polemic of the Year at the Political Book Awards. [...]
This book has an arrogant and didactic style, which I rather like, not least because I agree with his argument. But a bossy injunction in the preface to pay attention, look up the hard words and re-read passages you do not understand is hardly calculated to change minds.
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