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Dead paki walking - a study of the BNP

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Initial post: 27 Mar 2010 22:27:32 GMT
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jain gawne says:
Anyone else looking forward to this book coming out?
Here's what it's about: During his investigations into the British National Party (BNP), academic researcher Andi Ali has come face-to-face with the brutal reality of racism in the UK. Threatened as a 'Dead Paki Walking' Ali has been beaten, stabbed and even abducted, and is included on the Neo-Nazi Redwatch hit-list. Ali s academic research in to the BNP has made him powerful enemies who have warned him to stop his activities. When he refused he was viciously assaulted outside Downing Street and left for dead. In Dead Paki Walking, Ali explains how his investigations started and of the means members of the far-right have taken to smear his name in order to stop his activities. As an autobiography, Dead Paki Walking is written in the first person and reads like a dark and sinister political thriller. The frightening fact is that the BNP are attracting an increasing number of supporters. If nothing else, Andi's book epitomizes the maxim 'know thine enemy'. This disturbing autobiography is a tale of one man's battle against racial intolerance, which Ali has fought everyday to uphold the liberal values in which he believes.

Posted on 28 Mar 2010 10:27:31 BDT
Damaskcat says:
I wasn't even aware of the book - I am now.

What I dislike about all far right - or far left - political parties is they hate rational discussion.

Posted on 28 Mar 2010 15:24:42 BDT
MavsWorld says:
I disagree with your statement about rational discussion, for a start the far left should be working towards an Egalitarianist Society and as such to be truly left wing they have to listen to people's views. That said having strong polarised views you are less likely to be able to see things from other people's perspective. The problem particularly with political parties is that they are a party and as such need to hold relatively coherent views. As such they are with a lot of people who have similar views and this gives them a misjudged view of how correct their views are. Morals also present a problem.

Posted on 19 Aug 2014 18:12:39 BDT
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Last edited by the author on 19 Aug 2014 23:58:15 BDT
I'd not previously heard of this book, but the reviews aren't up to much. I've posted a few below for anyone interested:-

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 21 Jan 2014 By Glenn
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I found this book very disappointing - completely uninformative and badly written to the extent that I would question how someone with such a poor understanding of the English language in terms of grammar, spelling and punctuation could possibly achieve a B.A., M.A. and Phd on the subject.

3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing 25 May 2014
By leonard pitt
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There is no real depth to this book. It is not a study of the BNP. It is about a man interviewing people.

2.0 out of 5 stars Lost its way 25 April 2014
By Kevin Treweeks
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Ploughed through this book at great speed which is normally a good sign , but while I have to give Ali full credit for the work he has done exposing the racist nature of the BNP, he is no writer.
Lots of asides that had no need to be in the book at all meant we slumped into what should have been the climax of the book where he is stabbed.
Andi intimated he has another story to tell of far right intimidation, and if like this one it is worth telling I would encourage him to get an editor and have another go at this one while he is at it.

Mr. Anthony Mitchell says:
Sorry, but I cant understand why anyone would think this book was well written - I read it a couple of days ago and really struggled with it. I found it at best amateurish, and at worst, self serving and cringeworthy (how many times do we need to be told about Mr Ali's liberal credentials?). While I applaud his stand against the far right, there is, sadly, nothing new or informative about the information put forward, ie the British far rights links to the UDA, etc. Avoid this one like the plague!
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