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The Scottish Office had twice issued misleading statements about this. I am too angry to do anything, except revert to a a kind of childhood-dream state where cars had names that you could understand, people ‘knew their place’ cf. There is a lot in here to be get angry about: Lists with This Book. Castor – a real opportunity?

Somehow the assumptions of the harness-the-private-sector approach to public service development seem flawed — George Monbiot shows us just how flawed with cases of hospitals that cost more for fewer beds and are less accessible, and the mass transfer of public assets ours to private hands theirs.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The Forth Bridge, many times longer, costs 80p for a two-way trip. Another islander, John Campbell, who trained as an engineer, looked into the financing of the project. What happened to the promise? We have heard about operational failures at PFI hospitals; here Monbiot explains why these projects are mmonbiot even on the basic terms the government allows. Road building was, at the time, a central component of the government’s economic programme.


British Airways and the British Airports Authority used the Journey Zone to explain to visitors the advantages of Stte Airport’s proposed Terminal 5, in which they both have a certain interest.

Captive State – George Monbiot

Another chapter explains why there are so many crappy, characterless shopping centres in our smaller cities and towns. Feminist thoughts on nonviolent interventions Feature. Please do read this book, it’s a bit out of date but as it was so far ahead of it’s time then, that it’s all right now. The Skye Bridge would be the first project built under something called the private finance initiative PFI.

Britain’s millennium celebrations testified to a peculiar vision of nationhood. The Cambridge on the other hand was a four cylinder car equivalent to the later Cortina.

This book only takes us up to around the year or so. Though Skye has only 10, inhabitants, within a few weeks 7, people had signed up, demanding a free crossing rather than a toll bridge.

Mississippi went to a ghoul in a white hood and cape. Most islanders’ tolls are transferred to the bank headquarters in California. The toll regime, he announced, was “immoral, unacceptable and unjust”; while the people of Skye were the “near-monopoly prisoners of Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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Thank God for investigative writers like Monbiot. Robin rated it really liked it Oct 30, But by the end of the s, it was a nuisance to the residents. I cannot think of a book that has made me more angry or more worried An account of how big business has used its lobbying power and top-level contacts to shape UK policy and the economy in its favour.


The meeting on renewing democracy and rebuilding communities was financed by Tesco, widely blamed for shattering communities with their out-of-town superstores. This topographical distinction delights the tourists following the flight of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower’. Legally, the land remained a designated recreation area, and Robbie and friends were lawfully entitled to play football there, and use the barrier as a goal: Long live Robbie the Pict and his ilk. In a lot of hands this could have been a dry, turgid, regurgitation of n Rarely has a book ever made me feel so angry and so damn impotent.

George Monbiot, ‘Captive State’

An accordionist struck up The Yellow Rose of Texas, and the Independence from America March set off past the sign the protesters had legally and perma nently installed on the roundabout “Beware: We seek to oppose all forms of violence, and to create positive change based on cooperation and responsibility. The bank was sole controller of the bridge. Various artists, ‘Tribal Futures: