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Ukip Calypso
Ukip Calypso

25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital Agit Pop, 20 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Ukip Calypso (MP3 Download)
In Read's latest work you can hear the lineage of vital and passionate political protest pop from Woody Guthrie through to the civil rights era, Dylan, the Clash, Christie Moore and Billy Bragg.

Inspired by Tom Lehrer's lyrical dexterity and the Clash's Spanish Bombs and Men they Couldn't Hang's Ghosts of Cable Street, Mike sends out a clear warning of the dangers of foolish people playing with fire when far right populism is on the rise all around Europe.

It certainly sent a shiver down my spine and is probably one of Read's most mature pieces of work since Ugly Duckling rocketed him up the charts.


The Course of My Life: The Autobiography of Edward Heath
The Course of My Life: The Autobiography of Edward Heath
by Edward Heath
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An eventful political life at the right time, 1 Aug. 2012
Never had Heath down as a man of amusing dinner party aneccdotes but he paints a colourful picture of many of his opposite numbers in his various foreign policy roles. De Gaulle, Brandt, Nixon and Monnet all put in guest appearances to Heath's career in a fascinating period of post-war reconstruction. He often seemed to 'bump' into leading European statesment on his holiday painting a picture of batchelor Heath annoying politicians' wives by keeping their husbands up talking shop until 2.00am in the morning.

At his least objective is any mention of Wilson or his government; Britain's reputation sunk when Wilson was PM and the world was delighted to greet the wise premiership and wisdom of Mr Heath. His battles with Wilson are taken on the chin but his the trashing of reputation by windbag egotist James Goldsmith and his anti-EU press allies playe dheavily on his mind.

Nicely written and a worthy read for anyone looking to study Britain changing fortunes in the post war world.


Road to Serfdom: With the Intellectuals and Socialism (Condensed Edition)
Road to Serfdom: With the Intellectuals and Socialism (Condensed Edition)
by Friedrich, A. Hayek
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

12 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hayek's warnings never materialised, 20 Dec. 2011
Hayek misunderstands the relationship Fascism and other far right dictatorships have to economics and its similarity to Communsim. There is one quote by a Communist party leader that does have a similarity to Fascist economics though; Deng Xiaoping: "If the cat catches mice, who cares if it is black or white."

In other words all economic ideas were employed by Hitler were at the service of the state. In Hayek's era of depression, Mussolini and Hitler were happy to employ authoritarian and militarist versions of Roosevelt's New Deal because the kind of free market model Hayek was advocating was not delivering the goods. Fascists had little ideological problem employing survival of the fittest in economic matters either when it was expedient to do so. However it absurd and shallow to suggest that Hayek is on a road to serfdom for advocating free market economics becaue they opeated in Pinochet's Chile.

The world Hayek predicted did not materialise and by the 1970s even most Western Communist parties accepted constitutional protection of individual rights.

It is ironic that in the 21st century virtually the only people that attack constitutional protection of individual rights against the state like the European Court of Human Rights are from the pro-Hayek neo-liberal right.
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The Complete Ripping Yarns [DVD] [1979] [1976]
The Complete Ripping Yarns [DVD] [1979] [1976]
Dvd ~ Michael Palin
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great humour for all ages, 29 July 2011
Still extremely funny and has held up much better than most Python humour. If you are not familiar with this series and enjoy the sort of silly spoof comedy of Ben Stiller and Will Ferrel, you need to give Ripping Yarns a go. It's better than most of their films and more focused on British references.
Strangely the `spiffing', `jolly good show' adventure stories it references are very much back in vogue in past decade thanks to the likes of J K Rowling, so this will strike a chord with all ages.


Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World
Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World
by Nicholas Shaxson
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent grown-up journalism is alive and well, 18 April 2011
This is not the only book about the financial system but Shaxton writes in a clear interesting journalistic style that a lay person can follow. I agree with the previous positive comments and just wanted to add that books (and cinema documentaries) liek these are becoming more important as (ironically in a digital age) the number of mediums to tell this story are diminishing.
The internet has no editorial credibility, publishing houses and newspapers are in the hands of the perpetrators and television, beyond Ch 4 and some parts of the BBC, have little interest in original intelligent journalism.


Colditz - The Complete BBC Collection (with 5 Limited Edition Art Cards & Collector's Booklet) [DVD] [1972]
Colditz - The Complete BBC Collection (with 5 Limited Edition Art Cards & Collector's Booklet) [DVD] [1972]
Dvd ~ Jack Hedley
Price: £21.90

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who appreciates great writing, 9 Nov. 2010
Don't think this series is just of interest to middle aged men who like war films, the writing and characterisation is outstanding. Each episode is self contained and explores much about the human condition and the politics of being trapped in situations not of our own making.

Also one of the first programmes to explore the predicament of the German captors in a grown-up fashion rather than just heel-clicking baddie ciphers. The gripping storylines and 3D characters are penned by some of the best writers of the day, including John Brason who went on to write the equally riveting Secret Army.

Sadly this writing quality seems has almost deserted British TV and the modern viewer would be better off watching Mad Men or the Wire to get something equivalent.
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Crime and Punishment Vol 1
Crime and Punishment Vol 1
by G.F. Newman
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Way above the usual rubbish of its genre, 25 Aug. 2010
This covers very familiar ground charting the real life of post world London gangs, bent cops, social climbing fradsters and 70s blaggers through central fictional narrative. But this than an air of authenticity about it than a dozen of those hack true life crime books and is up their with Jake Arnott as among the best of its genre. The Oldman's family's rise is chartered methodically and the pace and excitement gets faster as the novel progresses. Came across GF Newman as the writer of the best police drams ever made for British TV, Law and Order (of which the main character Fred Pyle puts in a brief appearance in this book) and Crime and Punishment will not disappoint fans of that classic 70s series.


Outlaws, Complete Series 1 [DVD]
Outlaws, Complete Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Phil Daniels

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What on earth is wrong with the BBC?, 29 Sept. 2009
It's still a mystery why this series wasn't recommissioned but you would of thought the BBC would be pumping out the Outlaws DVD so more could see this top notch low key drama to push their reputation as a maker of quality drama but they don't seem interested and Europe's largest public broadcaster seems content to be known as purveyor of fifth rate melodrama like Holby City and Eastenders.
What on earth has gone wrong with the BBC?
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Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History
Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History
by David Aaronovitch
Edition: Hardcover

36 of 75 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ironic work from a leading Iraq WMD Conspiracy theorist, 18 Aug. 2009
Is this the same David Aaronovitch who was one of the chief cheerleaders in the British press for one of the most ludicrous and dangerous conspiracies of modern times; Iraq's secret Weapons of mass destruction which were poised to attack British bases in Cyprus in 15 minutes.

It's a pity Aaronovitch didn't put the same kind of intellectual enquiry and questioning into Blair's madcap conspiracy theory as he does debunking hokum about Zionist aliens assassinating Kennedy.
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The Definitive Sweeney - Complete TV series 1-4, The Sweeney & The Sweeney 2 (18 Discs) [DVD]
The Definitive Sweeney - Complete TV series 1-4, The Sweeney & The Sweeney 2 (18 Discs) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dennis Waterman

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real depth and excitement, 14 July 2009
Don't be put off the lampooning of the fashion and slang or approach purely as a nostalgia trip, the acting is top notch and the writing and plots are terrific. John Thaw plays the troubled Regan with real depth and is not the 2D 70s macho man of legend. Tragedy is played out with real emotion without ever becoming mawkish. The action sequence are still exciting and bit part actors look like they have been around the block.
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