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The Rich at Play: Foxhunting, Land Ownership and the Countryside Alliance (RPM) [Paperback]

Mark Metcalf , etc. , Steve Green
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Revolutions Per Minute; First Edition edition (1 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954301404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954301408
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.8 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,429,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By T. Bark
The Rich at Play was badly needed at the time to counteract both ahistorical Leftism, post modernism, and the stupid right wing. Rather than look at the foxhunting issue in isolation, the research put the Countryside Alliance and their backers into their correct socio-economic position - as part of the historical ruling classes of the UK.

The excellent research by Corporate Watch and others backed up arguments with empirical evidence, and this could only be dismissed easily by the prejeudiced and right wing. Serious thinkers would actually have to understand and argue with the content of this book. In short, this is an excellent historical contribution to the literature on these subjects.

The other reviewer also seems to not understand the difference between 'quality' and 'quantity'. 'Quality' writing does not need too much space, especially because it is in a popular format designed for mass consumption, and this was a balance the book achieved.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Like listening to drunk students in the JCR 12 Sep 2007
By Jamie C
There are solid arguments against field sports, some of which are very persuasive (although, just to be honest from the start - something the authors of this pamphlet are not - I'm not persuaded by them). This pamphlet fails to deploy any of them with much effect. If one were to recall John Prescott's quote about a Countryside Alliance demo at Labour conference a few years ago - "did you see their distorted faces?" (a comment which, had it been directed at just about any other group in society, would have led to a visit from Inspector Knacker), you've pretty much got this disappointing and juvenile publication in a nutshell. Take every prejudice and ill-informed, knee-jerk assumption you can envisage and compress them into something that might have been run off on a hand printer at university and here you are. The really sad thing is that this publication just reinforces the view that today's Labour Party (which, let us remember, started life in the fields of Dorset not the factories of the Midlands) has simply written off the countryside as a place where there are not enough votes to be mined, choosing instead to create a division between town and country which has never really existed before for nothing but political gain. The gleeful posts on the web of late, thrilled by "Rolls Royce-driving farmers'" distress over the outbreak of Foot and Mouth, are depressing, alarming, and wholly in keeping with this rubbish. The fact that they couldn't even be bothered to get the page count into three figures tells you all you need to know.
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