Falling Down

The Conservative Party and the Decline of Tory Britain

Falling Down (2021, Verso)

336 pages

English language

Published Sept. 14, 2021 by Verso.

3 stars (1 review)

More narrative than analysis

3 stars

Apart from a brief survey of Fevre's distinction between 'sentimental' and 'cognitive' individualism, and the (short) concluding chapter, the book mostly consists of a narrative of the last forty years of UK politics, though through the lens of the Conservative party (i.e., there's no discussion of the internal struggles in the Labour party during the Thatcher/Major years, but there is coverage of the various Conservative leaders during the Blair/Brown years). Thus, it doesn't feel as if there's much/any room for discussion of the thesis that the party is in structural decline, though the narrative did serve to remind me just how incredibly awful they are.