All In It Together by Alwyn Turner, review — Britain in the Blair, Brown and Cameron years

In the final pages of his hugely engaging ride through Britain in the Blair, Brown and Cameron years, Alwyn Turner alights on a moment that might easily seem utterly trivial. It was the autumn of 2008, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, and the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing was in full swing.

Among the contestants was the BBC’s former political correspondent John Sergeant, so ungainly he was nicknamed the Dancing Pig. Every week the judges begged the public to vote him off. Every week he survived. The more the judges lambasted him, the more people voted for him. Eventually Sergeant withdrew, apparently worried he was going to win. The reaction was outrage — aimed not at Sergeant, but at the judges and