Publication Date: 23/06/2022 ISBN: 9780861542475 Category:


Sam Fowles

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication Date: 23/06/2022 ISBN: 9780861542475 Category:


This book is scheduled to be published on 23/06/2022.
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An insider’s view into how our government has undermined our democratic principles from a barrister who took the Prime Minister to court.

British democracy is on trial. We can no longer hold our leaders to account; the state has too much power; and the truth doesn’t matter at all. Those we voted into government have nothing but contempt for the democratic system that got them there.

From exposing the unlawful prorogation of Parliament to helping the smallest city in England against predatory developers, public law barrister Sam Fowles puts our society under cross-examination. Our media happily lies to us. Our politicians brazenly break the rules. And we seem to think there’s nothing we can do about it.

If living in a liberal society means anything at all, we need to fight for what’s ours.

Publisher Review

'Sam Fowles has seen the way the UK constitution works - and doesn't - up close. In this invigorating new book he brings his expertise to bear in asking whether UK democracy is in peril - and what we can do about it.' -- Alex Dean, Prospect 'An incisive and vigorous investigation into how excessive executive power threatens democracy by sidestepping accountability and scrutiny. Enlivened by historical and courtroom anecdotes, this exploration of our unwritten constitution is easily accessible to all.' -- Owen Bowcott, former legal affairs correspondent at The Guardian 'A compelling description of a barren political landscape... This is about the power of the people rather than the people in power.' -- Michael Mansfield QC

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