WTF by Robert Peston

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Clearly Mr Peston is far less convincing as a policy wonk than as a scourge of his erring colleagues. His policies veer from shopworn banalities (lifelong learning) to flights of fancy (regionally set interest rates).
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'Richly argued and brilliantly written... a deeply thoughtful analysis that should be mandatory reading for anyone seeking to understand where we have gone wrong.' Vernon Bogdanor, Financial Times


As with his previous bestsellers, WHO RUNS BRITAIN? and HOW DO WE FIX THIS MESS?, in Robert Peston's new book WTF he draws on his years of experience as a political, economics and business journalist to show us what has gone bad and gives us a manifesto to put at least some of it right.

Framed by two letters to his father (who died earlier this year) WTF is Robert Peston's highly personal account of what those who have ruled us for years got so badly wrong, and what we need to do to mend the terrible fractures in our society.

With characteristic passion and clarity he looks at what must happen to prevent democracy being subverted by technocratic geniuses with the ability to manipulate social media, how and whether it is possible to make a success of leaving the EU, what the lessons should be of the appalling Grenfell Tower tragedy, whether robots can be stopped from taking our work, what can be done to staunch the widening gap between rich and poor, and how to raise living standards for all.

WTF is a trenchant, often entertaining account of the recent past. It is also a call to action, giving hope to all of us who believe that taking back control is not only vital, but possible.

 

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Published June 15, 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton. 288 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Crafts, Hobbies & Home.
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on Nov 23 2017

Clearly Mr Peston is far less convincing as a policy wonk than as a scourge of his erring colleagues. His policies veer from shopworn banalities (lifelong learning) to flights of fancy (regionally set interest rates).

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