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Burned  by Sam McBride


The Inside Story of the `Cash-for-Ash' Scandal and Northern Ireland's Secretive New Elite

Sam McBride

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Imprint: Merrion Press
Publisher: Merrion Press
Publication date: 15 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781785372698

A riveting political thriller from the journalist who covered the controversy for over two years, Burned is the inside story of the shocking scandal that brought down a government.

3 stars out of 5
Rory Carroll
13 Nov 2019

"A compelling exposé of blunders and sleaze with implications for the election and Northern Ireland’s future in the UK"

Burned has flaws. It’s too long. It gets lost in the smoke of emails, phone calls, briefings and committee hearings involving bit players. Piling fact on fact slows the narrative and at times clouds the bigger picture. But McBride is a deft storyteller and crafts memorable scenes. And he emerges with stark conclusions. The unedifying picture of unionist politicians joining forces with Sinn Féin to squeeze taxpayer cash out of Whitehall, heedless of value, could further dent the DUP’s diminished stock with Tory Brexiters. “At some point, if middle England realises it is paying for these sort of scandals, there will be a day of reckoning.”