With a good deal of wit and the usual complete case with words that is the mark of the well-educated Englishman, the author proceeds to flail away at what should be by now a number of dead (or at least badly worked over) horses. He views with good natured alarm such matters as the English educational system, the English approach to the communications media, public spending, private indignation, the long gray shadow of the Establishment and the general deficiencies of the Labour Party. He uncovers a lot of secrets that have been badly kept, anyway -- at least to those who read the periodical literature with any attention. The chief value of the book is in its copious documentation, but this is also a drawback. The footnotes are eye-draggingly time consuming. After all is said and done, the author's proposal for the solution to conservative foot-dragging is a fresh vision -- a new attitude. Nevertheless, a reasonably readable socialist view is not easy to come by and this is a mine of fresh attitudes and clever answers to old debates.