Failures of State: The Inside Story of Britain’s Battle with Coronavirus Inbunden – 11 Maj 2021
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'An astonishing book that you absolutely have to buy ... the nearest we'll get to an inquiry.' James O'Brien
'Failures of State is a Christmas-at-Argos sized catalogue of the government's errors, page after page filled with its mistakes, misjudgments and even its possibly actionable crimes.' Jonathan Freedland, Guardian
'This book is superb. Painful but necessary reading. Underlines precisely why a public inquiry is so urgently needed.... Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott's reporting on Covid has been truly superb. It's been essential reading throughout the pandemic.' Rachel Clarke
'A masterpiece. This is one of the most important books of our time.' Owen Jones
'Failures of State is a gripping, devastating read. It's a piece of first-class investigative journalism... this is a work of history. It's witness. It's also a kind of catharsis.' Christina Patterson, Sunday Times
'Incredibly reported and wildly damning ... It is impossible to read Failures of State, the frequently jaw-dropping book by Sunday Times journalists Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott, and not conclude that the British people deserved far, far better from the government' Marina Hyde, Guardian
'A frightening and detailed account of the failures of the last 12 months. Some of the revelations are sickening and shocking.' Armando Iannucci, satirist and writer
'A damning indictment' Alan Johnson, Observer
'Superb journalism ... a truly remarkable book.' Professor Devi Sridhar, Chair of Global Public Health
'Buy it and read it so you're never tempted to forget' John Crace, Guardian journalist
'A devastating new account of Year Covid exposes the Prime Minister's utter failure to meet the nation's greatest health crisis for a century.' Paul Routledge, Daily Mirror
'I cannot recommend this book enough' David Schneider, comedian and writer
Jonathan Calvert is the editor of The Sunday Times' renowned Insight investigative team. His accolades include British Journalist of the Year and the Paul Foot Award as well as Scoop of the Year on four occasions.
George Arbuthnott joined The Sunday Times on the Marie Colvin Scholarship and is now deputy editor of the Insight team. He has won six British Journalism and UK Press Awards, including Investigation of the Year and Scoop of the Year, and has been shortlisted for an Amnesty International Award, the European Press Prize and the Orwell Prize.
- Utgivare : HarperCollins Publishers (11 Maj 2021)
- Språk : Engelska
- Inbunden : 432 sidor
- ISBN-10 : 0008430527
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008430528
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First of all, it is written almost like a best-selling thriller buy sadly one which you already know part of the ending. I found that despite this, I could not put this book down as tragic decision or more truthfully indecision is enacted on almost every page. In the back of your mind your inner voice starts by saying ‘No, No, No!’ and by the end is screaming ‘Why, Why, Why’.
The book details the events of the pandemic and shows that the government response of ‘following the science’ is a barefaced lie. It clearly demonstrates that the government held onto the ‘herd immunity’ principle even though they were aware of the truly tragic consequences of this decision. If any official or scientific member of the numerous committees, struggling to get members of the government to listen to them, mentioned these words or discussed this point with the media then they were given a dressing down thereby showing that the government was pursuing this policy but did not essentially want the public to know. The truly shocking realisation is the amount of lies this government told and keeps on telling to cover the reality that they were being informed of daily.
If the tragic dithering and indecision at the start is not enough it beggars belief when you read the same mistakes being repeated again and again later on in the pandemic. What is clear is that this government will undoubtedly do everything in its power and by any means to deflect responsibility and attempt to rewrite the history of this pandemic when the evidence is already there of their slow response and lack of thorough preparation that caused the worst fatality rate in the Western World.
Towards the end of the book, you begin to wonder what has the country done to deserve this tragedy? You then realise the shocking truth that when you elect a work-shy incompetent chancer to the highest office in the land you get what you paid for!
Will the people of the country ‘forgive and forget’ after a successful roll out of the vaccine?
Unfortunately, there are probably going to be over 150,000 souls who will not have that opportunity. Perhaps we should think of this the next time we are standing in an election booth.
This book offers insight and a forensic degut of the dreadful political failings of the UK Governments response to Covid. Shocking to the core, as frustrating as hell, it made we want to punch those responsible for their neglect, incompetence and attempts to cover their own tracks.
The truth is out! you have been rumbled. You failed in your primary task of safeguarding the people of UK in catastrophic style. You are accountable.
Thank god for the vaccine gamble. The rest was an utter horror show which everyone should understand if similar catastrophic failures are to be a thing of the past.
Read it! You deserve to know the truth and who to blame for it. Until the next one?