17 January 2024, The Tablet

Fools and knaves

Fools and knaves

If we confuse the political morality of Jeremy Corbyn and the political amorality of Boris Johnson, liberal democracy is endangered

How They Broke Britain
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This book is a sustained tirade against a succession of individuals whom James O’Brien regards as having been responsible – in some cases by mistake or casual neglect, in others by malign intent – for what he regards as “acts of national self-sabotage”. His theme is that these highly undesirable individuals (principally, though not exclusively, Murdoch, Dacre, Neil, Elliott, Farage, Cameron, Corbyn, Cummings, Johnson and Truss) have “set the United Kingdom on a course of unnecessary domestic decline and international diminishment”.


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