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A Very British Revolution: The Expenses Scandal and How to Save Our Democracy

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The revelations over MPs' expenses that began in May 2009 ranged from petty thieving to outright fraud and sparked a crisis in confidence unprecedented in modern times. This was a 21st-century Peasants' Revolt - an uprising of the people against the political class. Ordinary men and women with political views across the spectrum were by turns amused, incredulous, shocked a

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Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published (first published October 1st 2009)
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Nov 17, 2011 Icon Books rated it it was amazing
The revelations over MPs' expenses that began in May 2009 ranged from petty thieving to outright fraud and sparked a crisis in confidence unprecedented in modern times. This was a 21st-century Peasants' Revolt - an uprising of the people against the political class.

Ordinary men and women with political views across the spectrum were by turns amused, incredulous, shocked and then bitterly angry as the disclosures on MPs' expenses flooded out. From Home Secretary Jacqui Smith's bath plug to Conser
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Victoria
Aug 11, 2012 Victoria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was interesting, but it wasn't what I was expecting or hoping it would be. I was looking for an interesting and informative history of the expenses scandal. There was certainly some of that. But there was also a lot of "I knew they were rotten and it wouldn't have happened if I was in charge."

I respect that Martin Bell has a personal opinion, and an intelligent, well-reasoned one honed by years of experience as both a journalist and an Independent MP. His eight suggestions for improvi
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Stuart Townsend
This book has great parts, mediocre parts and poor parts. I wanted it to be fuller in explanation. It gives the feel of a book rushed out to cash in on the expenses scandal. That said, it does give some interesting arguments. However, the feeling after reading it is to go out and throw custard pies at them all. Freeloaders par excellence.
Fiona
Feb 02, 2012 Fiona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent. Thoughtful, informative and frequently witty. Leaves you with a lot to mull over and some sense of perspective on the whole ugly debacle.
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Martin Bell, OBE, is a British UNICEF Ambassador, a former broadcast war reporter and former independent politician. He was the Member of Parliament for Tatton from 1997 to 2001.
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