(K. Brent Tomer),
Rebel: How to Overthrow the Emerging Oligarchy. By Douglas Carswell. Head of Zeus; 386 pages; £18.99.
DOUGLAS CARSWELL is not playing around when he calls his book “Rebel”, with a clenched fist on the cover. An MP who abandoned the Conservatives for UKIP and has now left UKIP to become an independent, Mr Carswell is as angry with the ruling class as any street-fighting leftist. He is fond of quoting Thomas Piketty, and even admits to cheering when Jeremy Corbyn, a hard-line leftist, was elected leader of the Labour Party.
Mr Carswell thinks that a new oligarchy is the biggest threat to the welfare of mankind. The MP for Clacton is best known as one of the leaders of the campaign to take Britain out of the European Union. But he regards the EU as simply one manifestation of a much bigger problem. Big companies are tightening their hold over the global economy. Established parties are rigging the political system in their own favour. And business and politics are becoming ever more intertwined as companies offer jobs to ex-politicians. Journalists snobbishly dismiss populism as proof that…Continue reading