While I was writing this book, I once had to sit in a police car to answer a few questions following an incident where a cyclist was hurt (I wasn’t at fault). Asked by the police officer what my occupation was, I replied, “Author.” That was the first time I felt I owned that job title. It is impossible to acknowledge every individual who has contributed during my life to get me to this point. Significant figures who fed my passion and curiosity for politics and social justice include Ed Murphy, who taught me politics at GCSE and A-level, fuelling a lifelong interest in the subject. My Dad, Jeremy Ashton, to my Mum’s frustration, is always up for lengthy argument and debates on any number of subject areas covered in this book. ...

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