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The Long Depression: The Slump of 2008 to 2031 (Updated 2013 Edition)
The Long Depression: The Slump of 2008 to 2031 (Updated 2013 Edition)
Price: £3.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, but offers little evidence or worthwhile advice - poor value, 9 Nov. 2013
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This is an interesting book, but it tells us nothing that you could not have read on any number of doom-monger blogs over the last few years. The basic premise is that the current downturn is much worse than we hope because there is so much debt in the system. Hardly an original suggestion. It's also not a particularly long book and does not go into much detail. Overall, a pretty bad investment.

Police, Crime & 999: The True Story of a Front Line Officer
Police, Crime & 999: The True Story of a Front Line Officer
by John Donoghue
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A peek inside the world of "real" policing!, 17 July 2012
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Not only will this book make you chuckle and maybe even guffaw out loud, it will make you think ever-so-slightly differently about your local bobbies. Far from being humourless enforcers they will suddenly appear a bit more "human". This may or may not be what the PR department at your local constabulary would wish.

I recommend this book to anyone who isn't a cold, heartless, humourless senior manager.

This Victorian Playground Part 1; Policing a Victim Culture in Britain
This Victorian Playground Part 1; Policing a Victim Culture in Britain
by PC Michael Pinkstone
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.05

5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read, 18 Oct. 2009
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Writing from the perspective of a Slufftown police officer (which he was until recently), Pinkstone describes Britain's social breakdown and explains the organisational insanity that prevents the police from dealing with most of its effects. The book gives us taxpayers a valuable insight into the daily lives of our hard-pressed front line police officers and explains why the public feels endlessly frustrated by their performance.

Pinkstone describes how the number of officers actually available to deal with anything can easily drop to zero at busy times of day. He describes how front line officers are dictated to by "civilians" in far away offices and how the target culture corrupts police decision-making. Most depressing for me was the explanation of a record-keeping system which puts updating the database ahead of dealing with a victim or perpetrator in a sensible fashion. A system which demands the impossible and takes up so much of an officer's time that it seriously hampers the amount of time he is able to spend outside the police station.

The author blames what he calls a "victim culture" where nobody takes any responsibility for the situation they are in. He describes the victim of a nasty domestic incident who, a few hours later, invites her boyfriend back into her flat so that they can have another good old falling out. He describes how people are now so obsessed by their "rights" that they take no action to solve their own problems: victims of harassment by text message; a car parking space dispute which turns into a "racist incident"; people who simply expect "someone else" to run their lives.

What you cannot escape when reading this book is the passion that the author obviously feels. This isn't a "me too" rant, this is a well thought through critique of the problems that effect every community in Britain. While Pinkstone writes from a police perspective, everything he says chimes with the wider problems we face as a society. A society that has been so molly-coddled that it can barely tie its own shoe laces. A society that needs an army of public servants to tell it how many pieces of fruit and vegetables to eat per day. A society which believes that it can get richer every year without working any harder. A nation that thinks that things can only get better without any effort on its part.

Pinkstone lays the blame squarely at decision-makers who direct from a position of blissful ignorance. A culture created by political correctness where people are too scared to engage in harmless banter for fear of being accused of bullying. A culture where barriers are forming where they should be broken down. A political environment which focusses on people's superficial racial and cultural differences rather than their human similarities.

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