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This Victorian Playground Part 1; Policing a Victim Culture in Britain [Hardcover]

PC Michael Pinkstone
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1 April 2008
This Victorian Playground is a combination of treatise, commentary, diatribe and memoir on policing in present-day Britain. It is absorbing, informative, convincing and hugely entertaining.

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  • Hardcover: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Melrose Books (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906050635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906050634
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,612,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packs a Punch 2 July 2008
By "S.J."
If you had to enter a battle of words with PC Pinkstone, you would lose! This book is a superb diatribe on the condition of the UK police force, which is both convincing and entertaining, just as promised by the book's product description.

There are some parts of it that are simply side splitting and other parts that make you shake your head in knowing despair (especially if you are no stranger to red tape and organisational incompetence).

PC Pinkstone demonstrates an acute understanding of the 'risk averse' mentality that is fuelling modern policing and highlights this in a number of ways. Also, his attack on political correctness (which is pretty much everything he writes) is both thoughtful and intelligent, assisted by some choice swear words!

A great book by a very funny man. Can't wait for the next instalment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One brave PC 20 Jun 2008
I will try to keep this fairly short and to the point. I bought this book a few weeks ago and have just finshed it. I am a serving police officer and heard about it through a friend who actually knows the author. PC Pinkstone is a real police officer obviously, and by all acounts is still a police officer, and his employers know who he is! The context (which he always goes on about in his book as being very important) in this case is that he is either very brave or very mad to challenge what he has challenged, and I am going to go for brave and possibly a bit mad too. This book is a hammer blow to the nonsense that has made our job rubbish for the past few years, and England along with it. Make no mistake it is quite a tough read but his arguments are solid and spot on. There's too much detail in the book to go into with just this review, but you will just have to read it to find out exactly what is wrong, why it's wrong and where it leaves us. Hats off to one brave PC.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Complex and powerful 19 Jun 2008
Difficult to know where to begin with this book really. This Victorian Playground is a thorough and devastating read. Do not expect an academic study, even though the author is clearly very intelligent. The language is unexpectedly strong and at times quite obtuse, but this is not a negative point. Furthermore, this book is not your average collection of 'Best of policing Blogs' from the internet, but is more structured and coherent - and far more detailed. PC Pinkstone's main point is that we, in the UK, are living in what he describes as a 'Victim Culture', and he backs up this point with some quite dazzling displays of wit and sarcasm. Also, the author has an uncanny knack of being able to pick apart the reasons why the police do what they do, and how this all fits in with the general social degeneration that is clearly evident in Britain. It is a brutally honest and hard-hitting read, containing many powerful arguments that rage against all things poltically correct. You'll just have to read it all the way through to see what I mean. I liked it.
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