Them and Us: Changing Britain - Why We Need a Fair Society
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Them and Us: Changing Britain - Why We Need a Fair Society

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An engaging and optimistic analysis of the recent financial crisis thatoffers wide-ranging practical solutionsgrounded inan underlying philosophy of fairnessThe suddenness and depth of the recession has raised questions about the workability of capitalism not seen since the 1930s. One of the constraints on recovery is the growing belief that if the old model did not work a...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published January 1st 2010)
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In some ways this is quite a depressing book, given all the social and political problems that we have in the UK. Hutton details the way that Laissez-faire capitalism and banking in particular has failed in the UK, and how these have affected the complete social fabric of the country. The subjects covers are as wide ranging as the erosion of parliament, the concentration of power in No. 10, education and the power of the press barons.

The second half of the book are the proposals that he would li...more
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The book to read if you voted Conservative and believe they know what they are doing to get us out of the mess we are in. Turns out they don't and they won't, their economic plans for austerity built on lies. Who knew. Very accessible reading and I'm looking forward to Hutton's plan B, the one our politicians couldn't (or wouldn't) come up with.
Me? I'm fairly apolitical these days. Suspect my three year old niece could run the country better than the poor party choices we have.
Anil Swarup
An outstanding analyses of what is going wrong in Britain on the economic front but it could well be true of what is happeneing else where in the world. The suggested remedy is being advocated by a number of economists. After being sold out to Adam Smith's philosophy during the later part of the 20th century, the move is now towards greater role of the state, perhaps an outcome of a scenario similar to the 1930s.
Thought-provoking, well-formed, forceful arguments. Will Hutton restates the importance of basic human values in evaluating economic, political and financial policies. A must-read for politicians and those who are interested in long-term intentions rather than short-term measures.
Good, thought provoking stuff- even blogged about it- Hutton always worth listening to
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