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British Blues

Barbara Wootton, 21 May 1981

British Government and its Discontents 
by Geoffrey Smith and Nelson Polsby.
Harper and Row, 202 pp., £7.95, February 1981, 0 06 337016 6
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... the melancholic mood of the British public. Why do we worry so much? ‘Partly,’ say Smith and Polsby, ‘because we are told to.’ Never was a truer word spoken. The media are flooded with analyses and forecasts of the steady worsening of Britain’s plight, both absolutely and in comparison with other countries. With the recent appalling growth of ...

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