The Triumph of the Political Class

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'Where Oborne scores in describing British politics as determined not by policy and process but by people's behaviour' Sunday Times 16/9
‘The idea that the chamber of the House of Commons might be a special place in which great issues are examined and then resolved does seem rather quaint now. It is true that in the last two decades the Commons has been a stage on which drama, some of it genuine but most of it ersatz, has been played out. Think of the departure of Thatcher, the grinding down of the Major government with late night votes on Europe and the Blair high-wire routine over the decision to go into Iraq. Beyond these events, however, the public's view of the place is jaundiced: a cosy club populated by charlatans.
An extremely important new book, by the author and commentator Peter Oborne, explores this territory and exposes the damage done by professional politicians to the fabric of our democracy and traditional system of government. The Triumph of the Political Class argues that an elite, which is technocratic and interested only in the holding of power rather than ideology and principle, rules Britain regardless of which party is in government. Metropolitan, with few roots in the armed forces or the free institutions which used to define Britain's national life, its members are out of touch with the country's concerns’ Iain Martin, Sunday Telegraph 16/9
'As the marathon [of the party political conferences] reaches its finish, what strikes you is how similar the conferences now are. You won't find sandals at the Libs or pinstripes at the Tories or, indeed, socialists at Labour. So as you watch, remember that the political class, as Peter Oborne observes in his book, Triumph of the Political Class, is a club' Jasper Gerrard, Observer 16/9
'The term 'Establishment' was coined in The Spectator more than 50 years ago: Peter Oborne says that our new rulers are a narrow, self-serving and increasingly corrupt governing elite, and have their own language, dress code, savage rules of engagement and contempt for the people' Cover story The Spectator 15/9
'The manners of the establishment are always worth keeping an eye on. The political commentator Peter Oborne has just published an important social text called The Triumph of the Political Class (Simon & Schuster). It describes a New Labour establishment that is metropolitan, liberal and heavily represented in politics, the media and PR' Sarah Sands, Financial Times 23/9
They're Reading…
I've just finished The Triumph of the Political Class by Peter Oborne. His thesis is that we are governed by tribes of professional politicians closely linked to the media who try to manipulate the public. That's very much my experience as well, especially over Iraq. It's well written and very entertaining."
The Times 20/10
'Given its talent for issuing leaflets that read more like Socialist Worker than Mein Kampf, the British National Party is making hay with the issue of casual labour, as I was recently reminded while reading The Triumph of the Political Class, a new book by the Mail columnist Peter Oborne. An elegant tirade against a cross-party cabal either in thrall to vested interests or so lost in the woods of electoral arithmetic that the stuff of real lives scares them, one of its most sobering sections deals with the rise of the BNP "in Barking, Dagenham, Dewsbury, Leeds and Burnley" and its place in what he sees as an "insurgency against the political class".
The estrangement between a tiny governing elite and mainstream British society is one of the overwhelming themes of our age, and will only get more desperate, and more dangerous," he says. At the top, an uneasy silence about one of our most urgent issues proves the point, but who's listening' John Harris, Comment, Guardian 19/10
'Peter Oborne is rarely dull and his latest political book is by turn stimulating, brilliant and slightly dotty, as befits a writer too fluent for his own good' Simon Jenkins, Guardian 3/11
'Admirably comprehensive, starting with the anatomy of this new [political] class, then going on to the ravages it has inflicted on British institutions, the capture of the media and a closing section on "manipulative populism"' Financial Times 10/11
Geoffrey Goodman reviewing it in the Camden New Journal says: ‘This book is a seriously disturbing analysis about the corrupt behaviour at the top of Britain’s political life.’
And a lovely fan letter (which we can use) from thriller writer Freddie Forsyth…’It is quite brilliant…an extraordinary book…300 pages and every single line urgently needing to be said.’
'Oborne never shrinks from his task. The proposition that the Blairites have torn any meaning from the heart of political discourse is scarcely new, but what makes this book different is the passion with which Oborne engages in this chosen battle. He names the names, and reminds us all too painfully that this new breed of over-spun politicians cheapen not only themselves but the rest of us, too'
Michael Dobbs, Books of the Year Observer 25/11
'Diagnosing the health of the body politic after 10 years of Blair. It is a smart way to tackle the Blair enigma: turning away from the man to look at the symptoms'
Nicolas Blincoe, Political Books of the Year Daily Telegraph 24/11
'Brilliantly analyses the emergence of the all-party British nomenclature that has formed around [the ideology of modernisation inherited from the 1980's], and shows how it serves the interests of this new political class'
John Gray, Books of the Year New Statesman 26/11
Two-part feature
'CLASS OF 2007 - A lack of real-life experience, hollow friendships, rudeness, and power games - Peter Oborne decries the deficiencies of the new 'political class' that stalks the corridors of power' 19/11
'THE GREAT DIVIDE - In the second part of his dissection of the political class, Peter Oborne finds their standards of behaviour wanting - leaving a worrying large void at the very heart of British Democracy' 26/11
Big Issue
'Politicians are not held in high esteem and are subject to a coruscating polemic in The Triumph of the Political Class by the journalist Peter Oborne. His thesis is that we now have a class of full-time politicians cut off not only from their own supporters but from ordinary people'
Peter Riddell, Political Books of the Year The Times 8/12
'Insightful'
John Rentoul, Independent on Sunday 16/12
'What has gone wrong with British politics, argues Peter Oborne, is the rise of the professional politician - ambitious young men and women who have never held a job outside the world of political research and spin'
The Best of 2007, FT 8/12
'Oborne makes the fair point that many members of the Cabinet and shadow cabinet, including the Conservative leader and his shadow chancellor, have never had "real" jobs'
John Rentoul, Independent on Sunday 16/12
‘A cogent thesis here that over the past 25 years a generation of politicians – metropolitan, self-serving, inexperienced in other careers – has arisen to destroy the Establishment’
Sunday Telegraph 2/11

‘The political class that Oborne showers with great relish in his latest book is a group that relies on the state for “status, special privileges, career structure and…financial support”. It is distinguished by “lack of experience of other ways of life”, he says – which explains “the culture of incompetence [that] has become a special hallmark of modern British government” '
Independent 31/10
‘Peter Oborne, who writes a weekly column for the Daily Mail (and the occasional book review for Tribune), is one of the most astute and non-partisan observers of the political scene. This is a revised edition of a book hailed by Paul Routledge on these pages last year as “easily the most entertaining political book of the year”. If you missed the hardback, treat yourself – and it is a treat – to this paperback edition’
Tribune 7/11

‘Oborne is apocalyptic. He fears the emergence from within the new political class of a leader “able to adapt the techniques of manipulative populism to his own purposes”, purposes against which a corrupted British constitution has no defence’
Sunday times 9/11
‘Political editor and columnist Oborne devotes this book to unmasking the “politic class”, defined as Whitehall careerists who have chiselled away the once-rigorous codes of public life to protect their own interests…it is exhilarating to read such a serious, fearless tirade, delivered with the flair of somebody with their dander up’
Guardian 15/11
'The former political editor of the Spectator has written a coruscating polemic on the modern political elite, who now hail from the same degree courses and think tanks and hold a London-centric, middle-class outlook. This cross party "comfortable club" is in cahoots with the media and "estranged from ordinary people"…A compelling if disquieting read about the mess we're in'
Evening Standard 24/11

‘The former political editor of The Spectator has written a coruscating polemic on the modern political elite, who now hail from the same degree courses and think tanks and hold a London-centric, middle-class outlook’
The London Lite 28/11
'Oborne's rambunctious J'accuse of modern politics, The Triumph of the Political Class, will have both Cameroonians and New Labour apparatchiks squirming in their champagne bars'
Trevor Phillips, Books of the Year, Observer 30/11
‘Although he could easily have delivered a “name and shame” polemic, Oborne has in fact produced a sophisticated piece of work which forcefully delivers a disturbing message. Precise and carefully worked, Oborne’s text bristles with aggression. Neatly combining opinion and objective fact, he presents a dense argument in an entertainingly anecdotal fashion. He guards against the accusation that he i

Présentation de l'éditeur :

Both an extension of and a companion to his acclaimed exposé of political mendacity, THE RISE OF POLITICAL LYING, Peter Oborne's new book reveals in devastating fashion just how far we have left behind us the idea of people going into politics for that quaint reason, to serve the public. Notions of the greater good and "putting something back" now seem absurdly idealistic, such is the pervasiveness of cynicism in our politics and politicians.
Of course, self-interest has always played a part, and Oborne will show how our current climate owes much to the venality of the eighteenth century. But in these allegedly enlightened times should we not know better? Do we not deserve better from those who seek our electoral approval? Full of revealing and insightful stories and anecdotes to support his case, and with a passionate call for reform, THE TRIUMPH OF THE POLITICAL CLASS is destined to be the defining political book of 2007.

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