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...And What Do You Do?

What the Royal Family Don't Want You to Know
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Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
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...And What Do You Do? is a hard-hitting analysis of the royal family, exposing its extravagant use of public money and the dubious behaviour of some among its ranks.

In this audiobook, former government minister Norman Baker argues that the British public deserves better than this puerile diet. 

...And What Do You Do? is a hard-hitting analysis of the royal family, exposing its extravagant use of public money and the highly dubious behaviour of some among its ranks, whilst being critical of the knee-jerk sycophancy shown by the press and politicians. Baker also considers the wider role the royals play in society, including the link with House of Lords reform, and the constitutional position of the monarch, which is important given Prince Charles’ present and intended approach. 

...And What Do You Do? asks important questions about the future of the world’s most famous royal family.

©2019 Norman Baker (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"With our democracy in turmoil, it's right to be asking questions about constitutional reform. Norman Baker tackles the subject with his trademark energy and in forensic detail looking at the facts beyond the headlines." (Caroline Lucas)

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The tree that does not bend will be broken

Former Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker has written a book about the royal family. There are lots of books about the royals, nearly all of them are sycophantic and nauseating. This one is different. Baker takes a step back and looks at the concept of the UK monarchy through our history and paints a portrait of the current incumbents. We hear of the distinction between monarchy and state and learn of the blurred lines concerning the ownership and control of the Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall. We also hear of the extravagant expenditure of the extended royal entourage and the deals with governments that has ensured that state funding for the royals can only increase based on profits of the "Crown Estates", the secret wills, the stinginess in spending their own money and the extravagance using public funds such as the exorbitant costs of private jets and helicopters that we all pay for. This will be uncomfortable reading for any monarchist who will find it impossible to justify the lavish lifestyles coupled with the appalling behaviour of certain family members. We also hear of some uncomfortable secrets regarding the royals such as Edward VIII being a nazi sympathiser and the treatment and selection of royal servants.
Baker does have an admiration for the Queen, as most of us do, and falls short of calling for the UK to be a republic. He concludes by calling for a greater levels of transparency and modernisation of the way our Royal Family conducts itself in public. Anyone reading this book would be hard pressed to disagree with him.

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Very informative

Great narrator and a very informative book.... I had no idea how much the Royal family were costing us and was under the impression that they make us lots of money through tourism etc.... I wasn't a big fan of the monarchy before starting this book and can clearly state that what little respect I had for them has now gone!

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Daylight robbery

The book is well written and read really well. The contents made me cross as to just how used we are. What fools to be so cleverly hoodwinked. I hope in my lifetime progress is made and the bicycles are purchased or the removal vans are called!

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There is no such thing as Royal

I would have given this book 10 stars actually ,at last Norman Baker sticking his head above the parapet where others dare not tread and shining a light on the Royals , very well researched and thoroughly engaging book, uncovering more than a few gems of outstandingly unbelievable home truths about the royal family, from the sad and depressing insight on Diana's Will to the not so surprising closeness to Germany's National Socialism, this book should be on the school curricular, why oh why I we still putting up with this , very simple Read This...

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What an unedifying bunch they are.

I've never been a fan of the Royals in any shape or form but up till now it's been a vague, uninformed opinion. Now that I have these new insights and information provided by this book I find them an appallingly greedy, selfish, vain and dangerously undemocratic institution.

This stuff should be taught at schools. The sooner we become a republic the better. The cringing sycophancy of politicians and the many other vested interests towards the Royals is nauseating. An excellent audiobook, well narrated. Hard to stop listening. Will definitely seek out more on this topic and more by this author.

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factually insightful

learned some things I didnt know that are due for reform to streamline the Firm

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  • 02-05-20

Interesting Read

Enjoyed this and learned a lot. lots of history and current information. Great read for anyone interested in the Royal Family