By Polly Toynbee, David Walker
Don't mistake David Cameron for a bland PR guy. regardless of coalition compromises, he has became out to be extra radical than Margaret Thatcher.
She privatised industries. yet he deliberate to dismantle the welfare nation itself - beginning with the NHS. The cuts signalled an attack on Britain's post-war social settlement.
Children, adolescents and the negative are bearing the brunt. Social welfare, police, council providers, housing and criminal reduction are below fierce attack.
Will it succeed?
Writing with their trademark incisiveness and wit, Toynbee and Walker record how a celebration that did not win a Commons majority has nonetheless been devastatingly powerful. mixing research and facts with relocating human tales from Sydenham to Sheffield, Cameron's Coup argues that Britain is turning into meaner and harsher. The urgent query now could be no matter if those alterations are irrevocable.
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Cameron's Coup: How the Tories Took Britain to the Brink by Polly Toynbee, David Walker