Have I Got News For You: Guide to Modern Britain

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Random House, May 31, 2012 - Humor - 192 pages
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Did you know that foreigners who want to live in Britain have to pass a government test to get in? It's true, and some of the questions are harder than "Why does everyone hate Manchester United?"

So the Have I Got News For You team have, in a moving and totally out of character display of public-spiritedness, compiled this Guide to Modern Britain to help guide you around, er, modern Britain. With reassuringly jaundiced reflections on everything from the global recession, religion and the Royal Family to the NHS, education and the media, it's a handy primer to the British Constitution, even though we don't actually have one. (How clever is that?) Think of it as the sort of manual you get with a car - enough information to help you check the oil, though not enough to re-balance the steering.

Packed with useless facts and unhelpful cynicism, the Have I Got News for You Guide to Modern Britain will help you understand exactly how the most ingenious, resilient, resourceful and proudest people on earth became the Twittering, touchy-feely, fame-obsessed, flu-fearing wimps that they are today.

 

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I was introduced to HIGNFY when I was last in England, in November 2009. I instantly thought it seemed like a really great show, so when I saw this book in a shop the next day I instantly wanted it. I ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction by Ian Hislop
6
Part OnezThe Making of the United Kingdom
13
How British Society Has Changed
63
PartThreezThe UK TodayzA Profile
106
How the UK is Governed
127
Daily Life in the UK
162
Modern Britain where are we now?
181
Conclusion by Paul Merton
188
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About the author (2012)

Ian Hislop is the editor of Private Eye magazine. In 2005 he presented the Channel 4 TV series Not Forgotten, on First World War memorials.

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