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A Quiet Word: Lobbying, Crony Capitalism and Broken Politics in Britain

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‘Lobbying. We all know how it works. The lunches, the hospitality, the quiet word in your ear… a cosy club at the top making decisions in their own interest.’


David Cameron, Feb 2010





A Quiet Word shines a light into the darkest corners of Britain’s secretive lobbying industry. It exposes how lobbying affects every aspect of our lives: the food we eat, the education we receiv
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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published March 6th 2014 by Vintage Digital (first published February 6th 2014)
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Darius Daruvalla-riccio
Sep 17, 2015 Darius Daruvalla-riccio rated it really liked it
Everyone knows that big business holds a lot of influence in government. This books shows the British side of things without resorting to tin-foil hat conspiracy theories.

The sections on overviews of lobbying and the powers of the media are kind of interesting but too long. The sections on planning permission for business was just right.

The parts on big tobacco/sugar/alcohol/oil were interesting, informative and worrying. It shows how science is unfairly influenced or even bullied by these big p
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Alex
Aug 04, 2016 Alex rated it liked it
While the topic is undoubtedly an important one, and this book serves as a good introduction, after a while the writing unfortunately tends to get a bit samey. It is presented rather flimsily initially as a neutral book, but is far from it. A good, eye-opening read nonetheless.
Derek Baldwin
Feb 04, 2016 Derek Baldwin rated it did not like it
After the first four or five chapters I had had enough. Capitalism and democracy are antithetical, there's money to be made in influencing politicians, only the interests of the rich and powerful are represented, bears shit in the woods. Disappointing.
Rod Davies
Feb 06, 2015 Rod Davies rated it really liked it
Fepressing reading but full of essential facts for those who wonder about the disingenuous and malignant impact of the wealthiest lobbying for even more wealth
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“This is one of the truths of the influence industry in Britain: lobbyists are central to the process of government. To see lobbyists as separate and external to the system is a mistake. Rather than being parasitical, lobbyists should more accurately be viewed as essential to it, subsidising it even. As lobbying activity has increased, so our government has become ever more dependent on lobbyists to function. ‘Our vaunted constitution is really a framework of lobbying’, Austin Mitchell MP remarked twenty years ago.18” 0 likes
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