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Bluffocracy

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Biteback Publishing
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Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A decent short read. Spends a lot of time outlining Oxford PPE, but with good reason. Ultimately its point is very simple, hence the mere 3 stars, but there are interesting details here on things like civil service responsibilities and how newspaper editorials are farmed out to the young cubs. 3.5 stars if I could.
David
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
One of my friends once described adulthood and the world of work as "people walking into rooms pretending to know things". Bluffocracy is a thought-provoking, if rather thin, illustration of this observation in three contexts: politics, the civil service, and journalism.

The central thesis of this book is one familiar to the informed follower of British public life, Britain - a country which has 'had enough of experts' has been captured by what the authors call 'bluffers' (people whose success de
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Mike O'Brien
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
More of an essay than a book, it feels insubstantial and sweeping, without the kind of careful analysis that the book criticises as lacking in ministers, the Civil Service, and the media. That said, it does make a half decent case for the increasing prominence of Bluffers and the problems this brings to all three institutions. It is only in the short coda that we begin to get a more rounded critique, which recognises the need for diversity and balance.
Michael Brunton-spall
Excellent read

This book covers a brilliant description of the problem that bluffers bring to public life, and how and why this happens. Sadly, but possibly expected from two bluffers, this book doesn’t really give a concrete solution to the problem, just some ideas of what might work in future.
But well worth reading, will be recommending it to everyone I know.
Mark
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short but powerful. The conflation of polymaths (very rare) with bluffers (far too common) has had very corrosive effects on society. Personally I would have liked more reference to the Modern European School and the developing nexus of thought around the interliminality of Mikes and Marcuse but this work stands on its own and is recommended to all readers of modern society.
Grant
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Basically a very good essay on why the political class seems driven to make bad decisions that will hurt it's citizens come the end. The pair who speaking from experience put their finger on exactly what it is that seems to be the cause of the disconnect between those in powerful positions in government, politics and the media and the general public. It always seems to be said that it is a upper class Oxbridge elite Vs the average Joe that leads to the mistrust of our politicians, but no one has ...more
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