Failures of State: The Inside Story of Britain's Battle with Coronavirus (Hardback)
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Failures of State: The Inside Story of Britain's Battle with Coronavirus (Hardback)

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From Britain’s top investigative journalist duo comes a meticulously researched, shocking exposé of Boris Johnson’s government’s actions – and inaction – in handling the Covid-19 pandemic, saturated with cover-ups, U-turns and political self-interest.

Failures of State: The Inside Story of Britain's Battle with Coronavirus recounts the extraordinary political decisions taken at the heart of Boris Johnson's government during the global pandemic.

Meticulously researched and corroborated by hundreds of inside sources, politicians, emergency planners, scientists, doctors, paramedics and bereaved families, along with leaked data and documents, this is the insider's account of how the government sleepwalked into disaster and tried to cover up its role in the tragedy - and it exposes one of the most scandalous failures of political leadership in British history.

In the eye of the storm was Boris Johnson, a Prime Minister who idolised Winston Churchill and had the chance to become a hero of his own making as the crisis engulfed the nation. Instead he was fixated on Brexit, his own political destiny and a myriad of personal issues, all while presiding over the UK government's botched response to the global coronavirus pandemic. After missing key Cobra meetings, embracing and abandoning herd immunity and dithering over lockdown, Johnson left the NHS facing an unmanageable deluge of patients. His inaction resulted in the deaths of many thousands of British people and his own hospitalisation at the hands of the pandemic, yet further reckless decisions allowed a deadly second wave to sweep across the country in the autumn months with the economy on the brink of collapse.

With access to key figures at the top of government during the most tumultuous year of modern British history, Failures of State is an exhaustive and thrillingly told story - and one of the most essential pieces of investigative reporting for a generation.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008430528
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 670 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 39 mm


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Praise for The Sunday Times Insight team's Coronavirus investigation:

'A devastating piece of journalism' - Andrew Marr

'Jonathan and George's investigative reporting has been beyond incredible and is truly historic. This is one of the most important books of our time.' - Owen Jones

'The obituary of Boris Johnson's government. An absolutely extraordinary catalogue of complacency, error and long weekend holidays even as departments were sounding the alarm.' - Caitlin Moran

'This is a scandal ... The Sunday Times Insight investigation into how Boris Johnson's dithering on lockdown cost thousands of lives is utterly devastating ... Shocking, shameful & deeply saddening. We "saved the NHS" by letting our elderly die agonising, lonely, terrible deaths. Disgraceful.' - Piers Morgan

'Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott's reporting on Covid has been truly superb. It's been essential reading throughout the pandemic.' - Rachel Clarke

'I am literally gobsmacked' - Robert Peston

'Failures of State is a Christmas-at-Argos sized catalogue of the government's errors, page after page filled with its mistakes, misjudgments and even its possibly actionable crimes.' - Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian

'Buy it and read it so you're never tempted to forget' - John Crace

'A frightening and detailed account of the failures of the last 12 months. Some of the revelations are sickening and shocking.' - Armando Iannucci

'A damning indictment' - Alan Johnson, The Observer

'Superb journalism ... a truly remarkable book to understand the past year.' - Professor Devi Sridhar, Chair of Global Public Health

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“The truth is out?”

What a revealing and in many ways a shocking read. It is astonishing that a modern democratic government can mislead the population in this manner. The book blows away the myth that this pandemic came completely out... More

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“Failures of State”

Comprehensively covers the government's inadequate and dilatory response to the biggest health crisis for a century. It should be laid on the table of the enquiry which must resolve how the mighty UK fell so... More

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“The public enquiry starts here”

This is a superb account of why we are in our present situation in the UK. The indecision and failure in the duty of care to the citizens of the UK defies belief. I was left feeling angry that the system allowed this... More

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