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A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr

By Andrew Marr

This attractive quantity tells the tale of ways the good political visions and idealisms of Victorian Britain got here to be defeated via a tradition of consumerism, big name, and self-gratification. It explains how in every one decade, political leaders stumbled on themselves confounded by way of the British humans, who constantly became out to be tougher to herd than anticipated. traditionally Britain has been a rustic at the edge—first of invasion, then of financial ruin, then at the susceptible entrance line of the chilly battle, and later within the leading edge of the nice commencing up of capital and migration. This background follows all of the political and fiscal tales of the fashionable period in addition to with such social developments as comedy, vehicles, the warfare opposed to homosexuals, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher’s superb strong success, political lies, and the genuine heroes of British theater.

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But these will feel at worst more like a return to some of the earlier tough times in the seventies, eighties or nineties, than a great change of direction as happened after the war or in the Thatcher revolution. It will teach another generation that nothing goes up forever, that there are no final answers in economics and that, perhaps, we have been a little too smug in dismissing earlier generations of politicians and economists as ignorant. More important for our shopping economy will be the effects of carbon addiction.

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We are supposed to have a stabler world trading system these days. But what has also changed is that bad debts have been bundled up and sold around like sacks of plastic casino counters between banks so many times that nobody knows just who is in trouble, and for how many billion dollars. In great US institutions like Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup, the one-time wizards started to lose their jobs. Meanwhile back in Britain, its prime minister lost his. Tony Blair carried on working at strategic plans almost until the day he finally left Downing Street.

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