“Falling Down: The Conservative Party and the Decline of Tory Britain” by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

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This newly-published book is a very impressive critique of the Conservatives, stretching across 42 years, from the start of the premiership of Margaret Thatcher, in 1979, to the continued failure of Boris Johnson, during 2021, to deal with the Covid pandemic. As the book went to press, Covid had led to the death of 128,000 people in the UK. As I write this review, the “official” Covid death total has increased to 134,000, based on the number of people who died within 28 days of a positive test. A more realistic figure, based on Covid appearing as a cause on a person’s death certificate, now exceeds 157,000. I would say that the Tories’ friends in the media prefer to focus on the lower figure but, in recent weeks, news bulletins on the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4 have simply stopped reporting either cumulative Covid death total, preferring to allow plenty…

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