May 1st, 1997 was heralded as the dawn of a Golden Age for British government after seventeen years of Tory misrule. We were told 'Things can only get better', but in fact Blair and people around him already looked and sounded like an elite. They had abandoned the Labour Party's traditional ideals and encouraged an aristocracy of wealth. By changing the Labour Party, Blair had removed the possibility that the Labour Party might change the country. Combining original research and interviews - and an instinct for stories other journalists ignore - this book blends contemporary history with relentless satire. What emerges is an attempt to address how we got from the facile hopes of the pre-Millennium to the sullen present. Taking in September 11th, asylum-seekers, the fiasco of the Dome and the crash of the telecom/dotcom bubble, Nick Cohen's book blazes a fierce polemical trail through the late nineties and beyond.
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