Veteran journalists take a side swipe at Cameron in power

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Cameron’s Coup: How The Tories Took Britain To The Brink by Polly Toynbee and David Walker is published in paperback by Guardian Faber Publishing, priced £9.99 (ebook £4.79).

David Cameron’s policies come under vitriolic attack in this latest book by two Guardian journalists.

The authors are a husband and wife team who work there as journalists, and of the two, Polly Toynbee enjoys the higher public profile.

She is a controversial figure who has often been accused of being a ‘champagne socialist’.

As she is also by now a pensioner, it’s odd that the book keeps sniping at this group, alleging that they are being shielded unfairly from the effects of Government cuts.

Controversially, Polly and her husband aren’t too worried about the national deficit and want the cuts reduced.

Some of their criticism of the government is undoubtedly justified but it would have helped if their book had not been so complex and verbose, and if they had offered credible alternative policies.

ANTHONY LOOCH