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'Dogma And Disarray' by Polly Toynbee and David Walker

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'Dogma And Disarray' by Polly Toynbee and David Walker Empty 'Dogma And Disarray' by Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Post by Ivan Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:28 pm

Polly Toynbee is an award-winning Guardian columnist who previously worked for the BBC, the Independent, the Observer and the Washington Monthly. David Walker, her co-author, is contributing editor to the Public Leaders Network and former director of public reporting at the Audit Commission. Toynbee describes herself as “less of a Westminster animal than a follower of policies, chasing up the effects of what they do in the world beyond. Because what they do does matter – from dismantling the NHS to cutting benefits for the disabled, from privatising everything that's not bolted down to choking off demand in an ill-judged extreme austerity.”

This book is about the first two years or so of this rancid Tory-dominated government, which is hell-bent on destroying the fabric of the UK state. It’s not often that authors post their conclusion in the title, but on this occasion they have: Cameron’s government is an ideological and inept regime.

Before the election, Cameron pretended that he was caring, compassionate and green. Once in office he threw off his disguise, emerging as the leader of the same old nasty Tories on a breakneck mission to finish off Thatcher’s evil work before they get kicked into oblivion in 2015. Thatcher privatised the nationalised industries but Cameron is privatising the state itself, and all the time aided and abetted by the Lib Dems, who the authors refer to as “fellow travellers” and “useful idiots”.

Toynbee and Walker describe the fiascos over border control and security at the Olympics, and even use the word ‘omnishambles’ as a title for one of their chapters. However, they warn in this fast-paced book (it has to be, it’s only 84 pages long) that by the next election the welfare state may be in irrecoverable ruins - unless the Tory mission is ended prematurely by Cameron’s incompetence.

This book is worth reading by anyone interested in the fate of the UK, and it ought to be read by all those who need a wake-up call and haven’t noticed what this malicious regime is doing. Toynbee and Walker point out that the government has "no economic policy, in the sense of a strategy for promoting investment, upping productivity or renewing the basic services such as trains and airports that business says are a precondition for growth.” As they conclude: "Whatever other disarray, this government is not for turning on cutting public spending, despite its economic effects on demand and growth.” In other words, the Tories’ prime concern is destroying the state, economic recovery from the global credit crunch takes second place.

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