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Dismembered

Dismembered

ISBN
9781783351206
Published
18/05/2017
9781783351206
Format
Paperback
Price
£9.99
Paperback
336

About the Book

What is the state? And what’s it ever done for you?
More than you think.

The state houses us, educates us, employs us, protects us on the street and in the wider world. It is the country we created together, and a part of our national identity. However, in recent years there has been a systematic and covert attack on the state that has turned us all against it – the government have depleted funding and resources, and mounted an ideological assault on the public sector through the media.

Toynbee and Walker travelled around Great Britain gathering the voices of the people who make up the state: nurses and patients, teachers and parents, policemen and civilians. This book is your chance to hear their side of the story.

The story they tell is one of dismemberment across our nation state: a fragmented NHS, a reduced police force, divided schools and a vulnerable military. In Dismembered, it becomes clear that this attack on the state is an attack on each and every one of us, for our peace and productivity as a country depend upon a strong state.

DISMEMBERED lays bare the deliberate dismantling of the public sector and its consequences. Our post-Brexit well-being and prosperity are now at stake.

What is the state? And what’s it ever done for you?More than you think.The state houses us, educates us, employs us, protects us on the street and in the wider world. It is the country we created together, and a part of our national identity. However, in recent years there has been a systematic and covert attack on the state that has turned us all against it – the government have depleted funding and resources, and mounted an ideological assault on the public sector through the media.Toynbee and Walker travelled around Great Britain gathering the voices of the people who make up the state: nurses and patients, teachers and parents, policemen and civilians. This book is your chance to hear their side of the story.The story they tell is one of dismemberment across our nation state: a fragmented NHS, a reduced police force, divided schools and a vulnerable military. In Dismembered, it becomes clear that this attack on the state is an attack on each and every one of us, for our peace and productivity as a country depend upon a strong state.DISMEMBERED lays bare the deliberate dismantling of the public sector and its consequences. Our post-Brexit well-being and prosperity are now at stake.
  • Polly Toynbee

    Polly Toynbee and David Walker have co-authored Dogma and Disarray: Cameron at Half-Time, Unjust Rewards: Exposing Greed and Inequality in Britain Today, The Verdict: Did Labour Change Britain? and Better or Worse: Did Labour Deliver? Polly Toynbee is a columnist for the Guardian. David Walker is a contributing editor to the Guardian Public and former director of public reporting at the Audit Commission.

  • David Walker

    Polly Toynbee and David Walker have co-authored Dogma and Disarray: Cameron at Half-Time, Unjust Rewards: Exposing Greed and Inequality in Britain Today, The Verdict: Did Labour Change Britain? and Better or Worse: Did Labour Deliver? Polly Toynbee is a columnist for the Guardian. David Walker is a contributing editor to the Guardian Public and former director of public reporting at the Audit Commission.
“In a well-ordered society this book would not need to be written, but the society isn’t and it therefore does. Polly Toynbee and David Walker have long prowled the world of modern, dysfunctional, unequal Britain and have, on the whole, painted a disagreeable picture of it. Dismembered, despite its reasonable tone, also paints a disagreeable picture. The onslaught on the state over the last 30 years – the privatisations, outsourcings and dotty business school theorising – has done immense damage to British society, and shows little sign of weakening ... Toynbee and Walker present much damning evidence as to what has happened in Britain ... however, optimism keeps breaking in. To write a book of persuasion you have to believe that people can be persuaded – to hope that if voters only understood why they need an active state they would come to support it.”
- Guardian
“In an undisguised and unashamed “paean of praise” to the public services, Toynbee and Walker look behind the rhetoric calling for a smaller state to examine the often chaotic and confused ways in which the public sector has been pushed and pulled by successive governments over the last 30 years. They also examine how formerly cherished public institutions have lost the nation’s respect, not least as a result of politicians attacking the civil servants they were working with ... Their argument that “free enterprise only flourishes within a strong public realm” is a persuasive challenge to the prevailing dogma.”
- Sunday Herald

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