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Will Hutton’s analysis of modern finance and the need for fairness is one of the year’s most important arguments. Yet he is a flawed visionary

By Anatole Kaletsky   January 2011

Them and Us by Will Hutton (Little, Brown, £20)

Will Hutton, one of the few remaining visionaries on the left in Britain, has produced another powerful polemic that could reshape the country’s political thinking. Them and Us is, in fact, Hutton’s magnum opus: bold and engrossing, but also characteristically flawed. This book is the culmination of all his previous works into an “attempt to develop a more fundamental critique of modern capitalism than any I have offered up to now.” Them and Us is a call to reform our entire political discourse, to respond to the financial crisis by reconsidering…

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