WTF: What have we done? Why did it happen? How do we take back control?
There has been a people's revolt against the way the West has been run. Brexit, Trump, the recent British and French elections saw millions of people shouting that they were sick to death of things never getting better. In WTF Robert Peston gives us his highly personal account of what those who have ruled us for years got so badly wrong, and what we need to do to mend the...more
Part autobiographical, part political, economic and social commentary prior to 2016 and its aftermath. It is a very personal book (to R.P.), in large part in the form of a letter to his recently deceased father, an economist, teacher, great influence and friend. I found this cloyingly distracting at times.
The book is balanced and a very useful commentary on events of recent years in the UK and beyond, particularly in the USA. Especially u ...more
Very moving. Very frightening. If you want to understand Brexit and Trump, then this is an evocative book for your reading list. ...more
I think Preston does a very fair job of analysing the reasons, and stating some hard truths: that we all-- liberal and conservative, left and right, religious and secular -- share the "bla ...more
1. an analysis of how the Brexit party managed to win, even if this so-called victory goes against the interest of the United Kingdom. BTW, the kingdom does not seem to be very united, with talks of Scotland jumping ship and Norther Ireland probably not too happy, either. The most terrifying part of this sad chronicle is the fact that the younger ...more
The book is a must-read for anyone interested in UK politics and social evolution.
The format in the first and last chapters as a note to his late father was different and quite touching, but it ended up having a bit of an intellectually snobbish air to it ...more
I won't go into a lot of detail but, suffice to day, if our troubles aren't resolved quickly we're right in i ...more
His North London Jewish background is so familiar to me from my own history and native place. He's my kind of political commentator, too, and in this book (bracketed by a letter to his much-loved late father) he addresses the problem of why the world has gone 'bonkers'. How come the world's most successful, wealthy democracies are throwing themselves into the arms of mad populist leaders, and voting for such lunacies as Brexit and Trump?
Peston's analysis and pres ...more
At no point did the author slate opposing views though, and gave a good empathy to why others would feel or vote the way they do.
A worthy read if you want to make sense of the wo ...more
That said, there were glimmering moments of enjoyment. For example: the analysis of May's leadership and disastrous strategy in the 2017 General Election; the data prowess of the Leave Campaign i ...more
Really thought provoking.
Peston provides some analysis of Britain, post-Brexit vote, and post the 2017 General Election.
There is a good deal of good in this - particularly when looking at the key reasons for the rise of populism (of both left and right) and some of the potential solutions. But there is also a fair amount of technocratic centrism which is less my cup of tea...
Some of the ideas could have done with being expanded on more fully - indeed, there was so ...more
WTF acts as a reasonably insightful book on the potentialities we have in our ever-changing world. It focuses mainly on an Anglo-American point of view with the influx of identity politics such as Trump, but also Britain and the Brexit vote the country is following through with. Enabling the re ...more
Peston writes a good book. I’d say writing is his for ...more
Aside from the opening and closing chapters written as letters to his Dad (which I was not a fan of) Peston looked at various parts of modern politics quite broadly, from the media, to inequality, and legitimate concerns ...more
The analysis of what caused Brexit and indeed why many cozy Lon ...more
It also touches on a few of the future challenges ...more
I didn’t used to have a lot of time for ITN’s Mr Sex, but I’ve slowly c ...more
Not being an eco ...more
Peston wonders what went so horribly wrong, and what can be done about it. While many of the specifics are uniquely British, many of the more general conclusions are fairly universal. The Quantitative Easing, which was supposed to get the economy up and running after the 2008 crisis only inflated asset prices and further exacerbated the gap between the well-off and the rest. It was only natural for people to look for easy scapegoats, such as immigrants, and ...more