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Head of Zeus
How the Right Broke Britain: And How To Put It Back Together Again by Will Hutton

How the Right Broke Britain is an urgent book about the state of Britain in the 2020s, from leading journalist and bestselling author Will Hutton.

Rarely has a country seen as many interlinked crises as Britain is now enduring: a turbulent economy, rising living costs, an increasingly divided society, and the looming break up of the United Kingdom.

Will Hutton argues that it is the absolute dominance of a neoliberal consensus that has broken Britain, and that we need a new economic, social and political settlement if the country is not to become even poorer and more irrelevant.

This major new book examines the failures of the right-wing ideology that has dominated Britain for an entire generation. Hutton exposes a pattern of minority leadership marked by lies and corruption, upheld by a broken first-past-the-post electoral system. A new kind of politics is urgently needed, one that harnesses the power of the collective to transform our economy, leadership and society for the better.

Writing more than two decades on from his generation-defining The State We're In, which has sold a third of a million copies, Hutton once again captures Britain's anxieties and, more hopefully, its capacity for change.

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09 Nov 2023 * 288pp * £9.99 * 9781804549407

'His optimism is unquenchable, his excitement exhilarating and his creativity awesome' Observer.

'Passionately sane, rich in ideas, The State We're In breathes human sense back into economics and eloquently embodies the spirit of a new optimism' Ian McEwan.

'When the British left is so bereft of vision and so tentative about the modest ideas it does have, Hutton comes as a breath of fresh air' Guardian.

'A commendable effort: ambitious, passionate, imaginative, decent and thoughtful... Read the book: be inspired; be provoked; be annoyed' Financial Times.

'If Will Hutton were a political party I would vote for him'
 David Aaronovitch, Independent

Will Hutton

Will Hutton
Will Hutton is a British journalist and author. He currently writes a regular column for the Observer, co-chairs the Purposeful Company, and is the president-designate of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was formerly Economics Editor of the Guardian and Editor-in-Chief of the Observer. Hutton's bestselling books include The State We're In, How Good We Can Be, The World We're In and The Writing on the Wall.