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Here’s two clips of Martin talking about A Very British Revolution (and much else besides) on, firstly, ITV’s Loose Women:

And secondly, Channel Five’s The Wright Stuff:

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Courtesy of Manchester News:

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Here’s a clip from earlier this year featuring Martin discussing the MP’s expenses scandal earlier this year on News at Ten:

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Martin Bell has now begun his mammoth book tour in support of A Very British Revolution: The Expenses Scandal and How to Save Our Democracy.

He started at the Blenheim Literary Festival on Saturday and the next date is at the Appledore Literary Festival in Devon. Before the end of September he’ll be in Norwich and Manchester and continues from there in October.

Full details are available here and if you’d like any further details on any event, please get in touch via info@iconbooks.co.uk

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Martin Bell is interviewed by Stuart Littleford of the Government and Public Sector Journal about his new book, to be published at the start of October:

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A Very British Revolution, Martin Bell’s new book on the MP’s expenses scandal and what’s next for British democracy, arrived at Icon Books’ HQ today.

It is published on 2nd October.

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Martin Bell reads an extract from his forthcoming A Very British Revolution, published by Icon Books on October 2nd 2009.

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A very warm welcome to this audio blog by distinguished war correspondent and television journalist Martin Bell OBE.

This is a most unusual blog. Instead of the usual text postings you find in most blogs, we wanted to record ten short programs in which Martin talks – unscripted and directly to the listener – about his reasons for writing his new book, THE TRUTH THAT STICKS.

At an age when most journalists have long ago collected their pensions and quietly taken retirement, Martin is still very much making waves, noise, asking awkward questions, upsetting politicians and generally doing what we all once believed it was a journalist’s job to do.

Martin still thinks that is what good journalists should do – and he’s still vigorously doing it.

Some of what Martin has to say is deeply disturbing. Other parts are wryly humorous. All of it is compelling listening – the voice of a lifetime’s experience from one of the world’s truly great journalists at the height of his powers.

Listening is easy – just click the “Play” button under each program. If you prefer, you can download each mp3 file, or you can click here to subscribe in iTunes.

I hope you enjoy these podcasts – if you do, please tell you friends about them by clicking on the “Share This” link.

And don’t forget to order a copy of Martin’s paperback, out now!

Best wishes,

Simon Flynn

Publishing Director, Icon Books

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New Labour was propelled into office in 1997 on a tide of protest against the sleaze of the Tory years.  Yet at the end of its first decade in power, public trust in public life stood lower than it did at the beginning.
How did this happen?  How much of it was due to individual scandals, how much to the war in Iraq and how much to abuses of power and patronage?  It should not have been like this.

So much of what occurred was unpredictable – and, in retrospect, unbelievable.

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