A Modest Proposal, is a Juvenalian satirical essay. Swift suggests that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food for rich gentlemen and ladies. This satirical hyperbole mocks heartless attitudes towards the poor, as well as Irish policy in general.
The ultimate satire
This is the very pinnacle of satire, which other writers have despaired of matching over the centuries since it was written. No-one has managed to embody the controlled incisive bitterness of Swift’s short, brilliant polemic. Not a word too many or a word wasted.
The standard against which all others should be judged.
A classic in the good sense
Not a dull book from the past one is exhorted to read for self-improvement, this is a UKIP/GOP bible in waiting. A road map of fresh ideas for our next conservative government, bursting with energy, vim and the kind of creative, thoughtful solutions to problems which perist, in name and substance. Some aspects would have to be adapted, sure, to accomodate modern sensibilities. But a few cosmetic changes should do the trick.