How Britain Really Works

How Britain Really Works Understanding the Ideas and Institutions of a Nation

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Publisher's Synopsis

'Absorbing . . . an intelligent and clear-eyed account of much that goes on in our country' Sunday Times

Getting to grips with Great Britain is harder than ever. We are a nation that chose Brexit, rejects immigration but is dependent on it, is getting older but less healthy, is more demanding of public services but less willing to pay for them, is tired of intervention abroad but wants to remain a global authority. We have an over-stretched, free health service (an idea from the 1940s that may not survive the 2020s), overcrowded prisons, a military without an evident purpose, an education system the envy of none of the Western world.

How did we get here and where are we going?

How Britain Really Works is a guide to Britain and its institutions (the economy, the military, schools, hospitals, the media, and more), which explains just how we got to wherever it is we are. It will not tell you what opinions to have, but will give you the information to help you reach your own. By the end, you will know how Britain works - or doesn't.

'Stig Abell is an urbane, and often jaunty guide to modern Britain, in the mould of Bill Bryson' Irish Times

Book information

ISBN: 9781473658424
Publisher: John Murray Press
Imprint: John Murray
Pub date:
DEWEY: 941.08612
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xii, 404
Weight: 290g
Height: 129mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 26mm