Cruel Britannia: Reports on the Sinister and the Preposterous

Cruel Britannia: Reports on the Sinister and the Preposterous

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By (author) Nick Cohen

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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Hardback | 260 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 186mm x 20mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 17 June 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1859842887
  • ISBN 13: 9781859842881
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 979,908

Product description

While the rest of the media lounge in the warm glow of New Labour's rosy dawn, one journalist in Britain has been a consistently sharp and witty scourge of Tony Blair and his bandwagon babes. Step forward Nick Cohen, denizen of the "Observer" newspaper's celebrated 'Hold on a Minute' column and a writer who has regularly identified Labour's Third Way as the mid-point between truth and lies, decency and hypocrisy, honesty and corruption. Whether he is tearing into Labour's plans to privatize the prison system and introduce curfews for teenagers, or detailing the government's cozying up to Rupert Murdoch and the hot money traders in the City, Cohen maintains a peerless grasp on the power that flows from fusing invective with scrupulous investigation. Even Downing Street Policy Advisor Andrew Adonis was forced to concede that 'no one is better at getting under the Government's skin'. A coruscating barrage of dispatches from his sniper's post, "Cruel Britannia" celebrates Cohen's lonely stand. It will revivify the disillusioned who anticipated something better from Labour's ascent and fortify those on the left who expected little and received precisely that.

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Author information

Nick Cohen is a columnist for the Observer newspaper and writes regularly for the New Statesman. His articles have appeared in a wide range of publications including the Independent on Sunday, London Review of Books, Modern Review and Jewish Quarterly. He lives in London.

Review quote

"If I listened to Nick Cohen I would never win an election." -- Tony Blair "A superb journalist... some of the most compelling writing to be published during the age of Blair." - Roy Hattersley, Guardian "Sharp and Punchy... A shining example of how to take on the establishment. How New Labour must hate him." - Glasgow Herald "Cohen is a spin doctor's nightmare, wittily exposing all that is callous, hypocritical and vapid in the new politics ... [he] is one journalist who will never be bought, although the Conservatives could use his skills." - Financial Times 'To read Cruel Britannia is like swallowing a useful pill to purge optimism ... Cohen is a paid-up dissensus man." - Times Literary Supplement "Nick Cohen smell out the cesspits of corruption and injustice with the keenest of noses. He tells it as it is, without fear or favour. He's one of the few independent voices left in an increasingly closed society." - Harold Pinter "Cohen is his own man, not always consistent or right or coherent, but unspinnable and unignorable, a Cassandra at the court of a king whose control freakery might yet be his undoing." - Scotland on Sunday

Editorial reviews

A sharp and corruscating attack on Blairism and all its works from the radical and decidedly 'Old Labour' pen of Cohen. He sees New Labour as nothing more than Old Toryism relabelled, unblushing at (indeed rather proud of) the audacity with which it privatizes prisons and cozies up to Rupert Murdoch and the hot money merchants of the City; morally stuck somewhere between truth and lies, decency and hypocrisy and honesty and corruption. One government adviser says of him that 'no one is better at getting under the government's skin'. You can see what he means. Old-fashioned muck-raking at its best. (Kirkus UK)