The Silent State: Secrets, Surveillance and the Myth of British Democracy (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Silent State Exposes the shocking and farcical lack of transparency at different levels of British government. This title argues that without proper access to the information that citizens pay for, Britain can never be a true democracy.
- Published: 06 January 2011
- Format: Paperback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780099537625 ISBN 10: 0099537621
- Sales rank: 142,058
Full description for The Silent State
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 GBP38m 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.