95% Is Crap: A Plain Man’s Guide to British Politics by Terry Arthur

Summary

  1. “This book is a highly unusual, humorous, and down to earth exposition of the sheer humbug delivered continually by the vast majority of British politicians to the long-suffering public. The word ‘politician’ is used in a broad sense to include those industrialists, trade unionists and academics who influence political action, political journalists and economists, etc., as well as Ministers and Members of Parliament.”

Key Takeaways

  1. Types of crap
    1. Newspeak Crap – look at what plans do, and not what is said
    2. Contradictory Crap
    3. Meaningless Crap
    4. Statistical Crap
    5. Cheeky Crap
    6. Yes and No Crap
    7. Ideological Crap
    8. Misleading Crap
    9. Illogical Crap
    10. Useless Crap
    11. Fashionable Crap
    12. Prolific Crap

What I got out of it

  1. The examples are a outdated but his points are not. Pay attention to the logic and rhetoric, don’t blindly follow, see things for what they really are, look at the results rather than the talk behind them