How Britain Really Works by Stig Abell
Understanding the Ideas and Institutions of a Nation

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...many readers will feel he still doesn’t address the perceived cosiness of the relationship between press and regulator, or the woeful inability of the media to police itself...Yet the book remains a smart execution of an idea that is more important than it sounds...
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'Absorbing . . . an intelligent and clear-eyed account of much that goes on in our country' Sunday Times 'Wry and readable' Guardian 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. How did we get here and where are we going? How Britain Really Works is a guide to Britain and its institutions (the economy, the military, schools, hospitals, the media, and more), which explains just how we got to wherever it is we are. It will not tell you what opinions to have, but will give you the information to help you reach your own. By the end, you will know how Britain works - or doesn't.
 

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Published May 3, 2018 by John Murray Publishers Ltd. 416 pages
Genres: History, Travel.
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Reviewed by Gaby Hinsliff on May 11 2018

...many readers will feel he still doesn’t address the perceived cosiness of the relationship between press and regulator, or the woeful inability of the media to police itself...Yet the book remains a smart execution of an idea that is more important than it sounds...

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