The Establishment

The Establishment: And how they get away with it

History , British History, 20th Century Britain
Paperback Published on: 01/03/2015
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The Establishment
A Vital Read
As you would expect this is an incredibly relevant read with the upcoming election but this book will still hold importance beyond May. I was slightly worr... READ MORE
Nicole at Haywards Heath
The Establishment
A powerful, fury-making but ultimately inspiring read from a key thinker of the Left
The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It, Jones' second book, looks at the rise, fall and subsequent resurrection of the ‘ruling class’ in Britain.... READ MORE
Susanne Ard, Non-Fiction Buyer
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The Establishment is an amazingly interesting book that has really changed the way I look at politics and the policies that politicians create. It contains... READ MORE
Lorna at Dorking
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Establishment It had a certain amount of glee and anticipation, the handing over of my cash for The Establishment and all other books have been put on hol... READ MORE
Peter Knaggs


Politicians and media worked almost hand in glove to promote the myth that people who should be held responsible for the nation’s multiple social and economic ills are those at the bottom of the pecking order, rather than those at the top.
I wanted to try and redress the balance.
No matter what your political views, *The Establishment* makes for highly interesting reading. A controversial title, it puts forward a clear and passionate argument making the case for re-examining the British political system. The book, which Armando Iannucci described as “Fantastic, timely, eye-opening', in the New Statesman, puts across the argument that currently, a small group of individuals not only wield the greatest power in Britain, but that they use this power to serve needs that are far from universal. Jones is not suggesting this is "an organised conspiracy", more a deliberate ploy to shape government for the needs of the few. Essentially, as the empowered in society help one another, these mutually beneficial relationships make it very difficult for others to assert themselves or their interests. It is, he argues, an unfair system in need of greater scrutiny and accountability. Jones explores the notion, put forward by many politicians, of what is ‘politically possible’, arguing the possibilities are not, in fact, as limited as many in power would have us believe. Owen Jones is an inspiring, modern-day thinker whose ideas spark fierce debate.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141974996
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 281g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm

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The Establishment
Wake up call to overhaul the Westminster Cartel
"The Establishment" is a necessary dissection of the entrenched power networks responsible for the current depressed state of Britain. In Jones’s view the ... READ MORE
Matt Macer-Wright
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Biased and annoying
I was really looking forward to reading ‘The Establishment’ by Owen Jones, as I had received it free through Waterstones Read and Review just before the 20... READ MORE
Becky Walsh
The Establishment
If you enjoyed Jones' first book you will definitely enjoy this. Jones writes with honestly, persuasion and satire. You will want all your friends to read... READ MORE
The Establishment
An interesting read. Whilst I think the author does have an angle of his own, the book is entertaining and contains a lot of good sense. Owen Jones has ju... READ MORE
Marcus R Horne
The Establishment
If you like politics...
I'm not interested in politics at all but thought I would give this a go before the General Election. Admittedly I did find some parts extremely dry but o... READ MORE
Simone Frost
The Establishment
A book which will infuriate.. a clever and insightful way. Everyone should read this book to gain an insight into the way things work. It will reinforce everyone's distrust of pol... READ MORE
Dennis Robb
The Establishment
A powerful and eye-opening read
It begins with the free-thinkers, the radicals, the dissenters, the shadowy and unaccountable cabals known as Outriders… it ends with the body politic grou... READ MORE
John Broughton
The Establishment
The end of socialism for the rich?
This brilliantly researched, referenced and indexed book has never been more prescient following the recent General Election result which questions the fut... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
The Establishment
Crucial Reading
Disappointed in myself for not reading this sooner. But then that’s half the problem that is identified in this book - blissful ignorance.
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The Establishment
Why wasn’t I already aware of this
Explained during the book why more people aren’t already aware of the contents of it. Must read, particularly for those under 30 who can make a difference ... READ MORE
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