Cameron's Coup: How the Tories Took Britain to the Brink by Polly Toynbee, David Walker

By Polly Toynbee, David Walker

Don't mistake David Cameron for a bland PR guy. regardless of coalition compromises, he has grew to become out to be extra radical than Margaret Thatcher.

She privatised industries. yet he deliberate to dismantle the welfare kingdom itself - beginning with the NHS. The cuts signalled an attack on Britain's post-war social settlement.

Children, adolescents and the terrible are bearing the brunt. Social welfare, police, council prone, housing and criminal reduction are less than fierce attack.

Will it succeed?

Writing with their trademark incisiveness and wit, Toynbee and Walker record how a celebration that didn't win a Commons majority has nonetheless been devastatingly powerful. mixing research and information with relocating human tales from Sydenham to Sheffield, Cameron's Coup argues that Britain is changing into meaner and harsher. The urgent query now's even if those adjustments are irrevocable.

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And just ten minutes ago I received a letter telling me of a studio flat in Soho which is going. I telephoned and apparently it went yesterday. Is God a joker? Never mind. I thank him for my resilience. Together with that letter I got a bill for £15,850. I feel almost past caring. Perhaps it is the hangover from dinner last night with Charles St George. ) But, as I say, I am almost past caring. You can expect to be bowled a bumper per over so I suppose one must expect to be kicked in the balls once every six days.

The broken ribs are so painful that I have been eating painkillers as if they were jelly babies and I am incapacitated. It even hurts to peel a potato and mashing the wretched things is nigh impossible. It would have been worse a few years ago. As it is my accountant has just held back enough of my money from the Inland Revenue to allow me to take a holiday. What a thing it is when you have to more or less beg for your own money. So I am going off for a week or two. Where to? I am not sure. Kuwait springs to mind.

Her face was a picture and always was. But I gave it away by smiling when she looked up. ’ Would that it had been true. Anyway, it was nice to catch Norman off his guard and that is about all I can remember in what has been 60 a week of boredom transcending even the week I spent locked up in the guardhouse years ago in Catterick Camp. They not only taught me how to drive up there, they taught me how to wash and polish coal and to paint the fireplace in the sergeant’s mess white before lighting the fire with the gleaming coal.

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