BoM May 2019

Our May book of the month is Fintan O’Toole’s Heroic Failure – The Delusions of Brexit. Fintan O’Toole’s book appeared some months ago and is an analysis of some of the myths surrounding Brexit and the deep hold it had on the English psyche. This was in the context of the Brexit referendum. With the… Read more

BoM March 2019

Our March 2019 book of the month is The Lies We Were Told: Politics, Economics, Austerity and Brexit by Prof Simon Wren-Lewis. I have been increasingly worried about media bias over the past few decades. This seemed to start  with anti-EU propaganda – at best highly distorted and at worst completely fictional stories in the… Read more

BoM June 2018

According to conventional wisdom, innovation is best left to the dynamic entrepreneurs of the private sector, and government should get out of the way. But what if all this was wrong? What if, from Silicon Valley to medical breakthroughs, the public sector has been the boldest and most valuable risk-taker of all? Mariana Mazzucato wrote… Read more

BoM May 2018

Our May book of the month is Tony Connelly’s Brexit and Ireland. We have previously featured  Ian Dunt’s, Brexit: What the hell happens now? so why another Brexit book? The answer is that Tony’s book is different in that there is not just an examination of the facts but also a much greater examination of… Read more

BoM April 2018

Our April book of the month is Paying for the welfare state in the 21st century: Tax and spending in post-industrial societies by David Byrne and Sally Ruane. Byrne and Ruane state: We decided to write this book because we wanted to stimulate a discussion about the relationships among taxation, the contemporary character of the… Read more

BoM March 2018

Our March book of the month is Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth. Economics is broken. It has failed to predict, let alone prevent, financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies. Its outdated theories have permitted a world in which extreme poverty persists while the wealth of the super-rich grows year on year…. Read more

BoM February 2018

Our February book of the Month is Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff, currently the best selling book globally and with the film rights already sold. Since its release Wolff’s book has provoked fierce debate and denial, leading Trump to claim that he hardly knew who Wolff was (they have… Read more

BoM January 2018

Our January Book of the month is Democracy in Chains by Nancy McLean. Behind today’s headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance…. Read more

BoM December 2017

Our December Book of the Month is Cash not Care: the planned demolition of the UK welfare state. The author, Mo Stewart, is a former healthcare professional, a disabled female veteran, and an independent researcher. This book is the culmination of six years of self-funded research and the evidence exposes the influence since the early… Read more

BoM November 2017

In The Joy of Tax, tax campaigner Richard Murphy challenges almost every idea you have about tax. For him, tax is fundamentally about the ideas that shape the sort of society we want to live in, not technicalities. His intention is to demonstrate that there is indeed a joy in tax, and by embracing it… Read more