John Duff

Comrade Corbyn

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This book needs to be read, if it needs to be read at all, in the context of the general assault on the left as personified by Jeremy Corbyn. It comes at the more polite end of the scale of these attacks and uses condescension and damning with faint praise as its main weapons.

Ten Cities That Made an Empire

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There has been a row in educational circles recently about the teaching of history in schools in response to former Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove’s attempts to “reform” the history curriculum.

This sumptuously produced book by the man who may, possibly, be the next Labour education minister gives us some idea of how he views history and what he might do about it in office.

The Trouble with Billionaires

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Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks, Oneworld Publications, £12.99

This is an interesting but far from groundbreaking, and ultimately disappointing book. Written by two Canadians, an investigative journalist and an academic, it is aimed at a British audience, with most of its examples drawn from the UK or the US.

Its main argument is straightforward: that the vast inequalities in income that have grown, particularly in the Anglophone world, in recent decades are hugely damaging, but that, contrary to the neoliberal common sense, they can, and should, be reduced by the tax system.

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