You can read a talk that Richard did on the book here.
And you can see an early review of the book by Dom Fox of Poetix blog:
A short and pungent apologia for the Marxist categories of class and class war, which declares early on its intention to grate against the sensibilities of readers accustomed to the euphemistic treatment of such topics. The “meaning” of David Cameron, it turns out, is much the same as the “meaning” of any party leader situated within the neo-liberal consensus that unites “left”, “right” and “centre” parliamentary persuasions; which is to say that he is a cipher performing an established function within the apparatus of ruling class power.
“Compared to Guy Debord’s prophetic 1967 masterpiece, The Society of the Spectacle… a thundering, rallying tirade.” Lucy Wadham, New Statesman
In a powerful counter-blast against the monstrous regiment of “useful idiots” who, he says, have contributed in recent decades to the murderous mess of modern times, Seymour indicts not only the obvious suspects – the neocons – but the international cadre of liberal, left-leaning intellectuals and politicians, the “pro-war Left”, who supported the War in Iraq for professed “humanitarian” reasons. In anger as much as sorrow, he examines the tropes they defend, such as “civilisation”, “progress”, “democracy”, “freedom”, arguing that their attitudes amount merely to an assertion of the status quo, supportive of neo-imperialism, Islamophobia and exploitation.
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1.) Who is the Red Tory?
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A: John Milbank
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