In The Establishment Owen Jones, author of the international bestseller Chavs, offers a biting critique of the British Establishment and a passionate plea for democracy. Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. In exposing this shadowy and complex system that dominates our lives, Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City. Exposing the revolving doors that link these worlds, and the vested interests that bind them together, Jones shows how, in claiming to work on our behalf, the people at the top are doing precisely the opposite. In fact, they represent the biggest threat to our democracy today - and it is time they were challenged. Owen Jones was born in Sheffield, grew up in Stockport, and studied history at Oxford. His first book, the international bestseller Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and chosen as one of The New York Times top 10 non-fiction books of 2011. In 2013 he received the Young Writer of the Year prize at the Political Book Award. He is a columnist for the Guardian and a frequent broadcaster.
Guardian columnist Owen Jones consorted with heads of our nation’s top financial institutions and other influential political power-brokers to ferret out the facts on who exactly runs Britain in the 21st century. And it is certainly not our elected representatives, if his sources are to be believed. He uncovers a shocking sub-culture of insatiable self-interest, of rampant corruption and abuse of democracy that beggars belief. From tax avoidance schemes and legal loopholes, to allegations of private companies scrounging off the state, it is a catalogue of catastrophe and wanton waste that will leave you fuming. But, it seems, we are powerless to prevent it.
'Owen Jones may have the face of a baby and the voice of George Formby but he is our generation's Orwell and we must cherish him' -- Russell Brand
'This is the most important book on the real politics of the UK in my lifetime, and the only one you will ever need to read. You will be enlightened and angry' -- Irvine Welsh
'Owen Jones displays a powerful combination of cool analysis and fiery anger in this dissection of the profoundly and sickeningly corrupt state that is present-day Britain. He is a fine writer, and this is a truly necessary book' -- Philip Pullman
Publication date: 01/03/2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||1st March 2015|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, The Real World,|
|Categories:||Politics & government,|
Owen Jones was born in Sheffield, grew up in Stockport, and studied history at Oxford. His first book, the international bestseller Chavs, was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and chosen as one of the New York Times top 10 non-fiction books of 2011. In 2013 he won Young Writer of the Year at the 2013 Political Book Awards. He is a columnist for the Guardian and a frequent broadcaster.More About Owen Jones