The Silent State

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Windmill, 2010 - Democracy - 274 pages
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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.

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

User Review  - Jón Ólafsson - Goodreads

Some of the stories are interesting, but the analysis is not very sharp. Read full review

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

User Review  - A Garston - Goodreads

An important book that we should all read. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Heather Brooke is a freelance journalist and Freedom of Information campaigner famous for uncovering the MPs' expenses scandal. She is a visiting professor at City University's Department of Journalism and is also the author of Your Right to Know. In 2009 she was named Reformer of the Year and won the Setting the Political Agenda Award from the Political Studies Association.

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