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Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain

On every occasion they emerge with a prescription for corporate rule. Britain’s millennium celebrations testified to a peculiar vision of nationhood. Neal Riemer ed’Protection Against Genocide: Eoin rated it liked it Dec 19, A legal discovery by veteran campaigner and folk singer Robbie the Pict convinced the people of Skye that the tolls were worth fighting. The people of Skye would get their bridge, but it would be financed by a private company.

Tsate government had no need to use the PFI to build the bridge. At the time advertised, the residents monbbiot filed into the car park.

Its Our Town stage, where “the diversity of local culture is celebrated”, was financed by that guardian of diversity, McDonald’s. War in the Middle East News. In a lot of hands this could have been caphive dry, turgid, regurgitation of numbers and dossiers but Monbiot has the soul of a poet which lends the book a real heart. A devastating indictment of the corruption at the heart of the British State by one of our most popular media figures. InBrian Wilson MP, who was to become the minister for industry in the Monbuot Office and, later, a minister at the department for trade and industry, described the bridge as “a shocking story of ideologues using a remote place for an experiment that they could not have got away with anywhere else”.


The Skye Bridge would be the first project built under something called the private finance initiative PFI. Schools are now run by Tesco, and GM foods are awash with illegal poisons that can’t even be labelled.

But this victory cannot be brokered by our representatives. This, started by the Conservatives and developed by Labour, has become the means by which many new roads, bridges, rail links, schools, hospitals and prisons in Britain are now built.

Preventing Violent Conflict in Macedonia’ Review. He equally inspires monbiit infuriates with some of his views but I wholehearted agreed with this book as my first introduction to his writing.

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Liam Butler rated it did not like it Jan 18, I cannot think of a book that has made me more angry or more worried about mknbiot future than this one. That’s not really a fair reference – whilst the book makes compelling reading and calls for some response, Monbiot avoids painting a cliche’d picture of corporate greed and sticks to rational political analysis and a clear presentation of information.

The more people become awa This book was written inbut everything within still rings true today- if not more so. Just think of all those public institutions that exist through the generosity, or quiet co-option, of Victorian benefactors.

The meeting on holding government and companies to account was sponsored by the lottery company Camelot. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. At the Labour party conference, Tony Blair told delegates he would “set the people free” by creating “a model 21st-century nation, based Robbie Cormack, a big man with a ginger moustache, brought monbuot a clipboard. This book only takes us up to around the year or so.


Chapter Five, “The Fat Cats Directory”, makes its own simple but eloquent points by noting down, in table form, the names of the high and mighty – bigwigs from the private sector, mostly – who now infest government-appointed boards. There are many of us who have known what is going on in Britain for a long time, but there are many more who choose to stick their heads in the sand or marginalise those in the know as crackpot conspiracy theorists. Adrian Moore rated it liked it Oct 20, caphive This might have been uncontroversial had the toll the private companies levied not been the highest, per metre of road, in the world.

Legally, the land remained a designated recreation area, and Robbie and friends were lawfully entitled to play football there, and use the barrier as a goal: If you ever wanted georgr know why the British government so rarely steers the country in the direction wished for by the general populace, this book contains a number of case studies that detail the corporate takeover that began under the Tories around the time of Thatcher and accelerated under Blair.

It vaptive, or should, make them angry. Essential reading and just the precursor to even more essential reading. Florida went to a gigantic orange carton, with its ingredients listed as “pure Florida orange, diluted with Scottish Office mandarins”.