‘Absorbing . . . an intelligent and clear-eyed account of much that goes on in our country’ Sunday Times
Getting to grips with Great Britain is harder than ever. We are a nation that chose Brexit, rejects immigration but is dependent on it, is getting older but less healthy, is more demanding of public products and services but less willing to pay for them, is tired of intervention out of the country but wants to remain a global authority. We have an over-stretched, free health service (an idea from the 1940s that may not live to tell the tale the 2020s), overcrowded prisons, a military without an evident purpose, an education system the envy of none of the Western world.
How did we get here and where are we going?
How Britain Actually Works is a guide to Britain and its institutions (the economy, the military, schools, hospitals, the media, and more), and is the reason just how we got to wherever it is we are. It is going to not tell you what opinions to have, but gives you the information that will help you reach your own. By the end, you’ll know how Britain works – or doesn’t.
‘Stig Abell is an urbane, and ceaselessly jaunty guide to modern Britain, in the mould of Bill Bryson’ Irish Times