How the Establishment Lost Control

How the Establishment Lost Control

An examination of dramatic developments across the British political landscape and the current crisis of consent, post-Brexit.


The post-war consensus is breaking up. The general election result, the 2014 Scottish referendum and the Brexit vote all testify to an insurgent mood amongst swathes of the population. This book attempts to explain these dramatic developments and to show how they question received notions about politics, history and how change happens.


This is a book to cheer you up.  The game’s afoot. The old certainties are fading.  The market doesn’t work.  People’s lives are dominated by insecurity and pressures of all kinds.  Can we bring together all who resist to make a real change? Chris Nineham argues for that possibility.  It is a test not only of our determination, but also of our understanding. ~ Ken Loach

An antidote to the neoliberal fixation of British mainstream discourse. A must read for the informed citizen. ~ Francesca Martinez

A must read for anyone concerned with the state of our times, its historical antecedents and the possibilities of a different world. ~ Alpa Shah, author of In the Shadows of the State

A clear guide as to how the elite got us into this mess and why it can’t get us out of it again, it will stimulate debate as to how the left should respond. ~ Andrew Murray, author of The Imperial Controversy and Off the Rails

A provocative intervention into contemporary politics. Chris Nineham shows how 40 years of neoliberal capitalism resulted in accumulation by dispossession and the accumulation of discontent. The book makes an argument for socialism as the only adequate political response to the ongoing crises. ~ Christian Fuchs, author of Critical Theory of Communication and Reading Marx in the Information Age

A highly readable, fast moving account of how the British establishment have lost the plot. Chris Nineham reveals, often using their own words, that they know they have, but they would rather you didn’t read it here... ~ Danny Dorling, author of Inequality and the 1%

An important and perceptive history of post-war Britain and the effects of neoliberalism. A critique with a robust philosophical basis, it explains where the inequalities that led us to this point originated, how they are being perpetuated, and how they can be deconstructed. Essential reading for anybody wishing to understand the state we’re in. ~ Brian Eno

The sub-text of this book is 'Against Pessimism'. Chris Nineham gives us a guide to the fractures and fault-lines in the establishment, reminding us how often our rulers don't get their own way, and how the Left can make the most of these weaknesses. ~ Mike Rosen

Chris Nineham
Chris Nineham Chris Nineham is a founder member of the Stop the War Coalition, and currently a vice chair. He was one of the organisers of the two million...

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