Selfish Whining Monkeys by Rod Liddle

Journalist and polemicist Rod Liddle ( likes to ‘mix it up’. I heard about Selfish Whining Monkeys (2014) on Radio 4’s ‘Start the Week’ on Monday. It sounded enjoyably provocative. Here is the trade description: ‘With a sharp eye for the magnificently absurd, Rod Liddle sets light to modern-day Britain. In the western world, on this great isle, we live longer, richer, safer than ever before. The unequal are made even, the weak are coddled, the sensitive are spared their blushes. We are freer than ever to be individuals, free from the sort of dour responsibility that attends faith in hoary old images of nation, community and, that most crummy and stifling institution of all, marriage. The pettifogging ties that once held us to account in society are now thrillingly soluble.

But are we happier? Definitely not. Reflecting on his parents, his upbringing and his life, Rod Liddle sets about dissecting and diagnosing – in some cases prescribing treatment for – our very sick state. Lawyers, politicians, citizens – they all cop it. Offending every piety conceivable, Selfish, Whining Monkeys demonstrates how we have become imprisoned by various – often antithetically opposed – ideologies that make life much less pleasant for the people of Britain.

Frequently funny, dauntlessly contrary, even rather tender, but never than less eloquent, even in deepest apoplexy, Rod Liddle explains and excoriates modern living.

256 pages in Fourth Estate

ISBN 978-0007351275

Rod Liddle's comment piece the subject of CPS charge

Rod Liddle


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