A Quiet Word: Lobbying, Crony Capitalism and Broken Politics in Britain

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Q. What’s worth £2,000,000,000, answers to no-one and operates out of public sight?

A. Britain’s influence industry

The corporate takeover of democracy is no conspiracy theory – it’s happening, and it affects every aspect of our lives: the food we eat, the places we live, the temperature of our planet, how we spend our money and how our money is spent for us. And much more.

A Quiet Word shows just how effectively the voice of public interest is being drowned out by the word in the ear from the professional persuaders of the lobbying industry. And if you’ve never heard about them, that’s because the most effective lobbying goes unnoticed.

A Quiet Word shines the brightest of lights into one of the darkest and least-understood corners of our political culture. It is essential, urgent, authoritative reading for anyone interested in our democracy and where this country is heading.

And by showing how influence is constructed, it puts power back in your hands.

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‘Lobbying. We all know how it works. The lunches, the hospitality, the quiet word in your ear… a cosy club at the top making decisions in their own interest.’

David Cameron, Feb 2010

A Quiet Word shines a light into the darkest corners of Britain’s secretive lobbying industry. It exposes how lobbying affects every aspect of our lives: the food we eat, the education we receive, the NHS we depend on, the truth and lies we are told in the media.

Behind closed doors corporate lobbyists spin the news, spy on campaigners, and collude with politicians to bend Britain to their will.

If we want to reclaim our democracy, we need to understand who is controlling politics in Britain and how.

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"Fascinating… [Cave and Rowell] lay bare the tricks of the trade, from "astroturfing" (whipping up what looks like grassroots protest against new regulatory threats, but is in fact a front for industry interests) to using thinktanks as "wonk whores" that can push helpful ideas" (Gaby Hinsliff Guardian)

"Indispensable" (George Monbiot Guardian)

"Demonstrates beyond doubt how lobbyists distort democracy and ensure that elite opinion crowds out public views" ( New Statesman)

"A chillingly accurate description of how presentation and spin trumps substantive argument in the upper echelons of power... A Quiet Word is important and, generally, right" (Mark Leftly Independent on Sunday)

"A timely account of how voters are conceding power to a silent industry" (JP O'Malley Mail on Sunday)

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