Now We Have Your Attention: The New Politics of the People
From a warehouse in Manchester to a pub in Essex, from the outskirts of Glasgow to a racecourse in Durham, award-winning reporter Jack Shenker uncovers the root causes of our current crisis and the future direction of British politics through the lives of normal - and extraordinary - residents of Britain. In offices and shops, basements and community centres, online and on the streets, he reveals something momentous: disillusionment with Westminster is fuelling a new and passionate engagement with politics of an entirely different sort.
Shenker takes us deep into communities hollowed out by financialisation and austerity, traumatised by the death of industry and the `hostile environment', crippled by precarious work and unaffordable housing, showing what these abstract forces mean in reality. He also introduces us to the citizens and leaders of tomorrow, moulded by these experiences, who are creating alternative means of representation, organisation and action in order to change things for themselves.
From a `McStrike' protest on a roundabout in Cambridge to a gathering of the London Renters' Union in the aftermath of Grenfell; from hard-right bloggers in Newcastle to Extinction Rebellion protesters in Brighton, Shenker draws on exceptional access to campaign groups, activist movements and grassroots gatherings throughout the country - including unique access to Momentum, who have re-radicalised the Labour party from the outside in - to present the first full picture of Britain's new politics: local, personal, effective and utterly fearless.
As Westminster is mired in chaos and deadlock, their energies and convictions are galvanising a generation. Now We Have Your Attention describes nothing less than a revolutionary transformation in British politics. Inspiring and terrifying in equal measure, it uncovers a future that will shape us all.
|Publication date||19 September 2019|
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