Crap: A Guide to Politics

Crap: A Guide to Politics

by Terry Arthur

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Overview

Crap: A Guide to Politics by Terry Arthur

"Behind the jokey title and the lively, entertaining style, Terry Arthur has produced a devastating exposé of the intellectual confusion, political deception and economic ignorance that have come to dominate public pronouncements. His precision of thought, clarity of language and lightly-worn scholarship have resulted in a book that would have won the warm approval of George Orwell."

Antony Jay, Co-author, Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister

"Mr Arthur has presented us with a user's manual to politicians. Anyone who reads it will not merely laugh out loud, but will be armed against all future attempts by the political class to lie, obfuscate and prevaricate. To this end some philanthropist should pay for a copy to be sent into every household in the land."

Simon Heffer, Associate Editor, Daily Telegraph

Taking its inspiration from Terry Arthur's thirty year-old classic 95 per cent is Crap: A Plain Man's Guide to British Politics, this is a down-to-earth exposé of the crap still being peddled by leading politicians today. Humorously but devastatingly written, Arthur exposes twelve very different sorts of political crap. Irreverent yet brilliant, this guide is essential reading for everyone who is sick of 'spin' — or worse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826491398
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Terry Arthur is an actuary holding several non-executive directorships. He writes regularly for the broadsheet press and various journals. A keen sportsman, he played rugby for England in 1966.

Table of Contents

Foreword Introduction
1. Newspeak crap
2. Contradictory crap
3. Meaningless crap
4. Statistical crap
5. Cheeky crap
6. Illogical crap
7. Misleading crap
8. Ideological crap
9. One rule for them crap
10. Fashionable crap
11. Economic crap
12. Prolific crap
Conclusion

What People are Saying About This

Samuel Brittan

"On the surface Terry Arthur's "Crap" looks like a much lighter book. But open it almost at random and you will find a withering analysis of most government exhortations, plans and pledges, putting into simple English the analysis of the American Public Choice school of political economists. The author falls down, however, in boasting that he never votes as he has no chance of influencing what happens. He confuses here the rational voter theorem, which states that a self-interested egoist has no incentive to vote, with a more general cynicism about politics and policies."--(Samuel Brittan, Financial Times, UK)

Simon Heffer

"Mr Arthur has presented us with a user's manual to politicians. Anyone who reads it will not merely laugh out loud, but will be armed against all future attempts by the political class to lie, obfuscate and prevaricate. To this end some philanthropist should pay for a copy to be sent into every household in the land."--(Simon Heffer, Associate Editor, Daily Telegraph, UK.)

Antony Jay

"Behind the jokey title and the lively, entertaining style, Terry Arthur has produced a devastating exposé of the intellectual confusion, political deception and economic ignorance that have come to dominate public pronouncements. His precision of thought, clarity of language and lightly-worn scholarship have resulted in a book that would have won the warm approval of George Orwell."--(Antony Jay, Co-author, Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister)

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