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The Silent State: Secrets, Surveillance and the Myth of British Democracy

by Heather Brooke - £9.99  Cornerstone (Windmill Books) (2011)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780099537625 | ISBN 10: 0099537621

Award-winning investigative journalist Heather Brooke exposes the shocking and farcical lack of transparency at all levels of government. At a time when the State knows more than ever about us, Brooke argues that without proper access to the information that citizens pay for, Britain can never be a true democracy.
 
*SECRECY*: anonymous bureaucrats, clandestine courts, men in tights and the true cost of ‘public’ information.
 
*PROPAGANDA*: spin, PR and bullshitting by numbers. The British government spent £38m more on advertising last year than their closest competitor, Proctor and Gamble – find out what they spent it on!
 
*SURVEILLANCE*: discover the extent of Britain’s network of databases spying on ordinary citizens,
 
*EXPENSES*: read, for the first time, the exclusive and definitive account of Brooke’s five-year campaign to have MPs’ expenses revealed, which rocked the nation and transformed Britain’s political landscape.

(Price & availability last checked: February 2019)

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In booklists: Politics of Modern Britain, State Surveillance & Intelligence Services in Britain, Investigative Journalism,
In categories: Politics & Philosophy, Ireland, Scotland & Wales, Society, Welfare, Justice & the State, Peace & Human Rights, Media & Culture,

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