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Whether we have children or not we all want the future to be fairer and happier; and Zoe Williams believes that we need to make that happen collectively. GET IT TOGETHER is a rousing call to arms for us all to play our part in creating a more equal society. Zoe believes that it’s not enough to sit back and watch as our NHS slides away from us; as the young and low earnersWhether we have children or not we all want the future to be fairer and happier; and Zoe Williams believes that we need to make that happen collectively. GET IT TOGETHER is a rousing call to arms for us all to play our part in creating a more equal society.Zoe believes that it’s not enough to sit back and watch as our NHS slides away from us; as the young and low earners are forced out of London; as hundreds of thousands of people nationally drift into poverty; as education becomes increasingly divided and as the wealthiest five people in Britain earn more than the poorest 20%. Zoe will address key questions including: has the NHS had its day; has an immigrant stolen your job; have you ever wondered why you can't afford a house; and who got us into this mess anyway? She will then offer up, in answer, a combination of fact, opinion and debate that will be as inspiring as it is important. Zoe Williams brings together here all the arguments that occupy the current political landscape and shows us that on all levels, it’s lunacy to be anything other than left-wing unless you’re actually already an oligarch. She offers us the debate in a truly entertaining way - she’s pacey, conversational and funny. This is a road map for a better future that will be a major part of the debate in the run up to the election next May....

Title : get it together why we deserve better politics
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ISBN : 25317036
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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  • Melinda
    2018-11-05 07:18

    I read this twice...and a bit. Loved to hear what this author was saying. Her ideas and suggestions are spot on, and delivered really well. Mostly about the UK, but easily transferable to other western countries. It's actually real sad how much the world has changed in the last 20 years...

  • Jeff
    2018-10-23 11:30

    This is quite a book. It speaks to me as few political books have in recent years. Or, just possibly, ever.If Owen Jones' The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It is an excoriating review of the right-wing, neo-liberal viewpoint and how it has become the orthodox position in the UK, this is a good starting point in establishing the coherent alternative narrative that he rightly identifies as the only effective way to fight back.As the book winds its way through what Williams sees as the inequities and brutality of this country's recent path, it's easy to become disheartened. There are so many intertwined aspects of UK life that seem unfair to such an overwhelmingly large proportion of the population, and so many ways that they're rationalised or hidden away or justified, that it can all feel overwhelming.Where this books scores is in presenting a single, solid, coherent viewpoint - both moral and practical - on which could be built a better future for all of us. And, moreover, she makes very clear what we can do to help bring about this future: we can get involved, not necessarily in the national politics that seems so designed to perpetuate the status quo, but in smaller-scale projects that, together, add up to real change for the better.This book made me angry but Zoe Williams' compassion and desire to do better shines through and her dark humour helps make the book even more compelling. And, hell, it's inspiring.Each of us, she is convinced, has a role to play in changing the country; and she's equally convinced that serious, systemic change is necessary to prevent our children being locked in lives of unremitting poverty, strain and desperation. She made a believer out of me.How about you?

  • Rob Adey
    2018-10-26 14:27

    Extremely readable controlled anger. Maybe a little bit sloppy at times, but I think you should be allowed to be sloppy when making the point that we can't let everything that's good in the world get sucked into a swirling toilet of profit motive. That should be obvious enough, shouldn't it?

  • James Elder
    2018-10-18 08:20

    Timely, if extremely depressing in the context of the General Election results.Zoe Williams attempts to articulate a coherent narrative for the British left, and actually does a damn good job - certainly far better than Ed Miliband and Ed Balls managed.The book covers poverty, the NHS, housing, taxation, education, immigration, finance, privatisation and climate change; it necessarily skates over these big subjects but the author has clearly done a lot of reading and research, and spoken to a great many people. It's pleasingly well evidenced and footnoted for a book by a columnist (which in my experience often have references only to other opinion pieces).This is one of several books I want to persuade my smart, educated, compassionate, Tory-voting friends to read; just to see whether it would change any minds. In the meantime though, it does make me very worried for the poor, the young, the disabled and the vulnerable over the next five years.

  • Sam
    2018-11-01 11:37

    Well-written and well-argued, a compelling case against the current state of things. In my case probably preaching to the converted, and I wonder how many people who think differently would read this book. It made me angry about so many things - the role of big corporates and profit motive in our social and care services particularly. I read the first half of this book before the election, and had some hope. But the second half was much tougher and more depressing... I now just need to get on with the things Zoe suggests we can do.

  • Kiseruyoru
    2018-11-01 11:17

    Brilliant, straight-forward, and funny. Also, the narrator (Lisa Coleman?) for the audiobook is quite good.

  • Geoff Smith
    2018-11-06 11:21

    I loved this book. It's full of information and evidence that politics needs to change. Obviously there is a leftist slant here, but the most interesting part of the book for me was the section on immigration which (for the first time for me) gave me a real insight into the roots of UKIP fears, and actually shows that immigration does have an effect on the wages of people on unskilled / low skilled work. It also helped me to see that the dissatisfaction that those people feel is not unrelated to the dissatisfaction that I feel about the 'free' market actually being a distorted market, stacking the decks against low and middle income working people. I'd love to know what a 'Kipper thinks about this book. I'd love some to read it.

  • Colin
    2018-10-17 14:42

    (listened to the audio before the election: this is the audible review) This is a really good, well-thought-out statement of the case for collective political action in the UK, with just enough rant in it (conveyed well by the narrator) to qualify as impassioned without being whiny or hectoring or any of the other things a book like this could be. Listen to it now, before you cast your vote.

  • Sharon Gardner
    2018-11-02 12:18

    Very good. The section on pfi was particularly eye popping. How could we have allowed ourselves to get into such a mess? The fight back starts with arming ourselves with information and finding like-minded people to join with. Depressing, but ultimately hopeful book.

  • Kyrill
    2018-11-05 09:34

    Actually so so good. This book is in danger of falling into a slush pile of beige political commentary. I sincerely hope that it does not. It it is provoking in all the good ways; entertaining and insightful. If you are on the left, you seriously need to read this book.

  • !Tæmbuŝu
    2018-10-24 10:22

    KOBOBOOKS

  • James
    2018-11-11 10:39

    Angry