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Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  402 ratings  ·  15 reviews
A devastating indictment of the corruption at the heart of the British State by one of our most popular media figures.
Paperback, 360 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Pan Books (UK) (first published 2000)
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Duncan
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An account of how big business has used its lobbying power and top-level contacts to shape UK policy and the economy in its favour.

If you ever wanted to know why the British government so rarely steers the country in the direction wished for by the general populace, this book contains a number of case studies that detail the corporate takeover that began under the Tories around the time of Thatcher and accelerated under Blair.

I cannot think of a book that has made me more angry or more worried
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Chasquis
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Now Angrier Than Ever! Many layers are here peeled away from the rotting vegetable called the Westminster.
By the way, Austin Westminsters were powerful six cylinder cars for the senior, but not boardroom level managers of the upper-middle echelons of British road hoggery in the 1950's and 60's. The Cambridge on the other hand was a four cylinder car equivalent to the later Cortina. Why I am saying this? I am too angry to do anything, except revert to a a kind of childhood-dream state where cars
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Stephen McQuiggan
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rarely has a book ever made me feel so angry and so damn impotent. Everything is for sale - they have patented human organs, charged hospitals for life saving research. Schools are now run by Tesco, and GM foods are awash with illegal poisons that can't even be labelled. The sheer hubris of the mega corporations beggars belief. Everything you ever feared about their internecine money spinning webs is true - demonstrably so. In a lot of hands this could have been a dry, turgid, regurgitation of ...more
Malcolm
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
One of the great myths of contemporary politics is that the private sector is more efficient than the public, and that we can solve many of our current social ills by having the private sector do what the public sector is alleged to have failed at to do: let's see the private sector goal is to make a profit for private owners; in the public, to deliver services in the common interest. Somehow the assumptions of the harness-the-private-sector approach to public service development seem flawed ...more
Daniel Pitcher
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was written in 2000, but everything within still rings true today- if not more so.
There are many of us who have known what is going on in Britain for a long time, but there are many more who choose to stick their heads in the sand or marginalise those in the know as crackpot conspiracy theorists.

I wish they would read this book. It would, or should, make them angry. What has happened, not just in Britain, these past few decades is nothing short of a scandal. The more people become
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Joyce Barrass
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Although published in 2000, George Monbiot's meticulous research gives him an almost prophetic visionary grasp of the world of international politics and the encroachment of big business into every sphere of the establishment, so it's relevant still, and ever more urgent in 2017. There are moments of poetry through his wonderful use of language, as there are many moments of sheer outrage at all the hidden machinations he exposes so ruthlessly. The final paragraphs remind readers that it is down ...more
Jack
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book covers many case studies which give an understanding of how corporations have been able to manipulate public policy into their favour. It gives detailed examples of how PFI agreements are made, how planning permission can be bought with legal bribery, how genetic engineering companies have been able to lower sales standards and patent genes (read if you want to understand what it means to patent a gene), and how global trade agreements such as NAFTA have given corporations huge ...more
Anne Tucker
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marvellous ... i read it in 2001 but it is worrying how much has come true - and that I understand it all so much better now.

Everyone should read - it is eminently readable and gives us so much knowledge we can use.
Lysergius
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
What we have always sort of known. They own us!
Matthew James
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and I review it here: https://onlyanatheist.wordpress.com/2...
Paul
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Monbiot really is a 'Marmite' person for me. He equally inspires and infuriates with some of his views but I wholehearted agreed with this book as my first introduction to his writing.
Joanna
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Essential reading and just the precursor to even more essential reading.
Aj
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
essential reading for anyone who wants to know why life in the UK is as it is.
Chris
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading an 18 year old current affairs book at first seemed a preposterous exercise. However the song appears to remain the same. The captive state described appears now to have become all pervasive and we as a nation have managed to sleep walked into corporate entrapment on almost every level of our lives.

Corporate State maanges to explain exactly how big business has consumed our lives, our government and our very soul. A book to make your blood boil - the irony of course being that the
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B
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