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The Nanny State Made Me by Stuart Maconie

The Nanny State Made Me: A Story of Britain and How to Save it

Stuart Maconie

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Imprint: Ebury Press
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication date: 5 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781529102413

'He is as funny as Bryson and as wise as Orwell' Observer It was the spirit of our finest hour, the backbone of our post-war greatness, and it promoted some of the boldest and most brilliant schemes this isle has ever produced: it was the Welfare State, and it made you and I.

3 stars out of 5
Sarah Neville
19 May 2020

"It may be flawed but this book has found its moment. For good or ill, we all need Nanny now"

His warm and easy style clearly brings out the best in his interviewees. But at times his uncritical approach is grating. I found myself growing impatient with the assumption that his own path from council house to university, and a successful media career, reflected a pre-Thatcher golden age. Young people from working-class backgrounds are far more likely to reach university now than 40 years ago, even if the libraries that nurtured his own intellectual spark have been progressively denuded.