Where and who do we want to be? How might we get there? What might happen if we stay on our current course?
In The Future of British Politics, comedian Frankie Boyle takes a characteristically acerbic look at some of the forces that will be key in coming years, from Scottish independence and post-colonial entitlement to big tech surveillance and the looming climate catastrophe. Despite his fears that 'soon the only red tape in this country will be across the finish line of the compulsory Food Bank Olympics', he manages to locate some hopeful signs amid the gloom, reminding us that 'despair is a moment that pretends to be permanent'.
This brief but mighty book is one of five that comprise the first set of FUTURES essays. Each standalone book presents the author's original vision of a singular aspect of the future which inspires in them hope or reticence, optimism or fear. Read individually, these essays will inform, entertain and challenge. Together, they form a picture of what might lie ahead, and ask the reader to imagine how we might make the transition from here to there, from now to then.
Frankie Boyle is one of the UK’s premier comedians and writers. Known for his shows New World Order (for which he was BAFTA-nominated in 2020), Tramadol Nights (Ch4) and his best-selling DVD’s and Netflix Special, he was most recently was seen in Frankie Boyle’s Tour of Scotland and his stand-up show Excited for You to See and Hate This, both for the BBC. Frankie has penned 3 best-selling books. In 2018 Frankie wrote and presented the highly acclaimed documentary Frankie Goes to Russia for the BBC previewing the forthcoming Russian World Cup. Frankie also regularly contributes articles for the broadsheet press. He has topped the podcast charts with the first three volumes of his eight volume Promethiad sequence.
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