The Establishment and How They Get Away With It - Owen Jones. Kindle Ed. Was £9.99 now £1.99 @ amazon
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The Establishment and How They Get Away With It - Owen Jones. Kindle Ed. Was £9.99 now £1.99 @ amazon

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Found 27th Jun 2017
I'm sure this will be an interesting read....

The Spectator, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, Guardian, Observer & Independent Book of the Year 2014.

In The Establishment Owen Jones, author of the international bestseller Chavs, offers a biting critique of the British Establishment and a passionate plea for democracy.

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.

[Praise for Owen Jones's Chavs] 'A passionate and well-documented denunciation of the upper-class contempt for the proles that has recently become so visible in the British class system' - Eric Hobsbawm, Guardian Books of 2011

'As with all the best polemics, a luminous anger backlights his prose' - Economist

'A bold attempt to rewind political orthodoxies; to reintroduce class as a political variable ... It moves in and out of postwar British history with great agility, weaving together complex questions of class, culture and identity with a lightness of touch. Jones torches the political class to great effect' - Jon Cruddas, Independent

Review

An eye-opening state-of-the-nation book. (Armando Iannucci New Statesman Books of the Year)

I'll never look at UK class politics in the same way after Owen Jones's bracing and principled The Establishment (Naomi Klein Guardian Books of the Year)

I am delighted to see social class storm its way back into our contemporary history: Owen Jones's The Establishment offers a well-documented as well as searing critique of the groupthink that binds together our rulers (David Kynaston Guardian Books of the Year)

Owen Jones may have the face of a baby and the voice of George Formby but he is our generation's Orwell and we must cherish him (Russell Brand)

This is the most important book on the real politics of the UK in my lifetime, and the only one you will ever need to read. You will be enlightened and angry (Irvine Welsh)

Owen Jones displays a powerful combination of cool analysis and fiery anger in this 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)

Thorough and admirably vivid... he is excellent on how the state has become a creature of capital, controlled by the corporate sector. As Jones shows, British capitalism is highly dependent on state largesse and rich corporations are the biggest scroungers of all (New Statesman)

Powerful . . . The book's great strength lies in the simple power of accumulation. Again and again, Jones connects the dots in parallel lines, so that the single examples that might in themselves be dismissed as circumstantial or overblown become more or less unanswerable. . . He is a writer of real rhetorical force (Independent)

A passionate account of political and economic injustice (Observer)

A book of revelations... The last time the British Establishment was so intertwined, so arrogant and so powerful was a century ago, and the last democratic revolution that redistributed wealth took a lifetime to play out (Danny Dorling Times Higher Education Supplement)

An important book... a systematic critique of the various political, corporate and economic institutions that seek to consolidate the interests of the few at the expense of the many... Jones has the establishment clutching at their little golden straws... It is not an easy road, Jones argues, but if we show strength and solidarity - perhaps adding a little common sense - we can reinstate true democracy and thus prioritize the needs of the many (Huffington Post)

The breadth of Jones' research is impressive... the chapter on the recent history of ideas is fascinating... the sections on corporate tax-avoidance, the lobbying industry and the sell-off of the NHS ought to have genuine British taxpayers spitting with rage. Jones ultimately sees his Establishment not as the guardians of British values but as a threat to them (Richard Godwin Evening Standard)

In many respects, Owen Jones is the best thing to happen to the non-compromised, non-New Labour left in the mainstream media in decades... On the post-1979 'establishment' Jones is very strong indeed (Owen Hatherley London Review of Books)

Owen Jones is a phenomenon of our times... He asks some familiar questions, but with a compelling urgency... he is systematically interested in the underlying mentality, and not just the behaviour, of his subjects, giving his study a refreshing and crucial extra dimension (David Kynaston Times Literary Supplement)

About the Author:

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 exposé of Britain's powerful elites. He is a columnist for the Guardian and a frequent broadcaster.
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Oh dear, a "middle" class reporter saying he is sticking up for the poor! He is part of the condescending left who talk as if they are better than most whilst saying we are all equal. I don't like the way politicians are moving to divide a very divided nation to further their careers. Owen Jones supports this by hating on people, hate just breeds more hate! It doesn't matter if you are hating bankers or benefit cheats it is still hate.
Hated Corbyn until he did well in the election. Now he thinks he should be PM. Mentalist.
This is the first book I've read all the way through for a very long time! A must read for anyone...well unless you are a banker, tory or a banking tory. Total heat man.
He's unbearable. From a non Tory voter. Cold.
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This is the first book I've read all the way through for a very long time! A must read for anyone...well unless you are a banker, tory or a banking tory. Total heat man.
It's a sad reflection on society, but 90% simply don't care...
He's unbearable. From a non Tory voter. Cold.
Hated Corbyn until he did well in the election. Now he thinks he should be PM. Mentalist.
£7.80?
Oh dear, a "middle" class reporter saying he is sticking up for the poor! He is part of the condescending left who talk as if they are better than most whilst saying we are all equal. I don't like the way politicians are moving to divide a very divided nation to further their careers. Owen Jones supports this by hating on people, hate just breeds more hate! It doesn't matter if you are hating bankers or benefit cheats it is still hate.
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exexpat

£7.80?



? Link works!
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Keep the political banter going. I simply haven't had enough.
By the millionaire scribbler Owen Jones.
Ajibee

By the millionaire scribbler Owen Jones.



He's a millionaire?
The New Statesman were giving away the paperback edition with their £1 an issue trial subscription 2 years ago. Had a flick through it but too dogmatic and know-all for me. It's gathering dust -- must give it to some charity shop soon.
robjewitt

He's a millionaire?


See:

order-order.com/201…-1/

The messenger may not be to your taste, but his logic is inescapable. Allow for the fact that that was two years ago and excluded ebook sales too I think we can safely assume Owen's worth at least a million.

Though if he had a penny for everyone who'd like to slap him round the chops he'd probably be a billionaire! :-) ...not, you understand, that I advocate slapping anyone round the chops - that's more John McDonnell and Jezza Corbyn's approach to a "kinder, gentler, politics", as indulged enthusiastically by their IRA chums.
Edited by: "Ajibee" 27th Jun 2017
should be called "How to take money from people who feel they are inferior to a different portion of society and compound their beliefs"
I like Owen Jones.So what if he is loaded,at least he has a social conscience.
Newly appointed Scotland basher. Used to like him but his ramblings on Twitter recently have put me right off. Hobnobbing with Rape Clause Ruth? Do one.
Ajibee

By the millionaire scribbler Owen Jones.


So a millionaire can't stick up for the poor, a man can't be a feminist and a white man can't stick up for a black?
Do you actually believe that?
Edited by: "Mozart321" 28th Jun 2017
Great book. A gripping read for anyone into politics or even a little aware of the establishment and how it governs our society.

Say what you want about Owen Jones but in my opinion the reality is he is an intelligent, well thought-out man who would like to see society move towards a more caring, more inclusive direction. This book really highlights our current government; governed by elite individuals who trump sickening amounts of wealth for the rich whilst privatising and condemning the most vulnerable in our society.
swoosh007

should be called "How to take money from people who feel they are … should be called "How to take money from people who feel they are inferior to a different portion of society and compound their beliefs"


Seconded.
Take it or leave it, without Owen Jones we'd lose the small percentage who've read these and realised what's happening in society, though most who would pick up this book already have that social conscience
is being a "millionaire" a big deal anymore?
seanjames1 h, 16 m ago

is being a "millionaire" a big deal anymore?


Hardly. Once you've taken your house into account you're quite possibly well on the way. Add in any pension rights and you could be well over!
Left wing propaganda
centaurandrew12 m ago

Left wing propaganda


Makes a change, then, from the incessant right wing propaganda spewed out by almost all of the British press.
Mozart321

So a millionaire can't stick up for the poor, a man can't be a feminist … So a millionaire can't stick up for the poor, a man can't be a feminist and a white man can't stick up for a black?Do you actually believe that?


I haven't said that. In the same vein, have you stopped beating your partner yet?
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