Pretty Straight Guys

Pretty Straight Guys

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Nick Cohen explores the feeling of angry impotence which has swept modern Britain during the Labour administration. The text shifts focus away from Westminster and into the more diverse and unexpected territories of New Labour influence, from America to India. Based on original research and interviews - and an instinct for stories other journalists ignore - this book combines contemporary history with satire and more

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  • Hardback | 324 pages
  • 142 x 224mm | 455g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0571220037
  • 9780571220038

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The title of Nick Cohen's enthusiastic demolition of New Labour is taken from Tony Blair's contention that he was 'a pretty straight guy' in the aftermath of the Ecclestone affair (when Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone donated a large sum of money to New Labour, and, in a strange coincidence, F1 was excluded from a ban on tobacco advertising in sport). Cohen amply demonstrates (with a certain amount of glee) that New Labour are anything but Pretty Straight Guys, and his book is an at times rather depressing account of disasters (the Dome), dubious dealings with Murdoch and the Hinduja brothers, and at times breathtakingly murky morality. Pretty Straight Guys is a searing critique of the Labour party (and the Britain) that Blair and co. have attempted to create, written with great passion and cynicism. Cohen offers no remedies to the current crisis in politics, but the reader will be hard-pressed to find a more incisive diagnosis of the ills of modern Britain. (Kirkus UK)show more