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@Free ó Mere Anarchy ô Even though Mere Anarchy is fiction, it carries a horrible, addictive reality that forces you to turn the next page even though you really don t want toBritain is bankrupt There is no credit at any price and the IMF has given the Chancellor two stark options Huge tax rises or huge spending cuts Or both The Prime Minister is summoned to a late night meeting with the big money They tell him that if he tries to dig himself out of the hole by raising taxes they will leave All of them They give him only one option An immediate % cut in public spending Two months later he announces the greatest social earthquake Britain has seen since the Black Death All benefits are cancelled with immediate effect Jobseeker s Allowance, Sick Pay, Child Benefit, Housing Benefit, Tax Credits Can the Government keep the lid on Or will the streets descend into anarchy How far will those in power be To read about the back story to Mere Anarchy why not follow the link below to the author s blog Mere Anarchy by Mark Frankland very goodBlurb from the back cover Even though Mere Anarchy is fiction, it carries a horrible, addictive reality that forces you to turn the next pageeven though you really don t want to.2016 Britain is bankrupt There is nocredit at any price and the IMF has given the Chancellor two stark options Huge tax rises or huge spending cuts Or both.The Prime Minister is summoned to a late night meeting with the big money They tell him that if he trie Mere Anarchy by Mark Frankland very goodBlurb from the back cover Even though Mere Anarchy is fiction, it carries a horrible, addictive reality that forces you to turn the next pageeven though you really don t want to.2016 Britain is bankrupt There is nocredit at any price and the IMF has given the Chancellor two stark options Huge tax rises or huge spending cuts Or both.The Prime Minister is summoned to a late night meeting with the big money They tell him that if he tries to dig himself out of the hole by raising taxes they will leave All of them They give him only one option An immediate 25% cut in public spending.Two months later he announces the greatest social earthquake Britain has seen since the Black Death.All benefits are cancelled with immediate effect Jobseeker s Allowance, Sick Pay, Child Benefit, Housing Benefit, Tax Credits.Can the Government keep the lid on Or will the streets descend into anarchy How far will those in power be willing to go to maintain law and order And what dark forces might they summon from the shadows to hold the line In a story that runs at the speed of a bullet train Mere Anarchy ask searching questions about Britain today and offers a terrifying vision of Britain tomorrow You ll keep saying to yourself, No way It could never happen Then you hope to hell you re right This book was written in 2010 and to be honest this no way it could never happen I m not so sure.As it says above, bankrupt Britain, suspension of all benefits etc etc Well actually not quite pensions, sick pay for the really ill , NHS, Education, Police all stay intact In fact in some areas, budgets are increased.The Government put in place dormitories and feeding stations where anyone can sleep and or eat if they wish.they just wouldn t choose to if they didn t have to So the dispossessed are catered for There s no minimum wage any, but rents have been slashed so when folk default and end up in the dormitories, there are places for those in work to rent for peanuts.Initially it all works really well In the South East it continues to do so, but not in the sink estates of Britain it begins to kick off and then what is the Government to do All very plausible, even some of the solutions wouldn t be totally surprised.This really did strain the pinko, leftie, liberal in me You can see how the money doesn t really add up at the moment and the benefits system isn t fit for purpose Equally, when industries disappear from areas what are people supposed to replace them with It s not quite that simple I still have huge sympathy for those who haven t had my opportunities and or are in the situation of poverty of ambition The trouble is how do you sort things out I liked one paragraph in particular they are looking round for who to blame.maybe we should go all the way back to Clement Atlee who gave us a Welfare State which was never going to be affordable once the Empire was gone Or maybe we should blame Thatcher for squandering our North Sea oil treasure on silly wars and breaking the unions Or Blair for so completely wasting the window of opportunity Or the casino bankers who set us on course for bankruptcy Basically, you can t just blame one event or leader or party for where we are now we are the sum total of our history How we move forward without this book s premonitions of doom I have no idea I just hope that one of these politicians can actually work out something practical for once I won t be holding my breath.A thought provoking book that deserves a wider audience