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Short Breaks in Mordor: Dawns and Departures of a Scribbler's Life
Short Breaks in Mordor: Dawns and Departures of a Scribbler's Life
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating foreign correspondence from a fantastic writer, 29 Jun 2014
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This a fine collection of writing from the most misunderstood and wilfully misrepresented journalist in Britain. Peter Hitchens offers a captivating insight into some of the most curious, interesting and dangerous locations in the world. He really makes you think and feel as if you are broadening your horizons simply by sharing his intriguing perspective on the places he has visited, the people he has met and the things he has seen. I highly recommend this, from North Korea, to Burma, India and Iran, this is a though provoking collection of travel writing that had me turn the pages late into the night.


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1.0 out of 5 stars Arrived damaged, 8 Jun 2014
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Poor quality product. Damaged and torn on arrival, did not peel properly, unfortunately was not fit for purpose. Plenty of very similar products out there so steer clear!


The Diversity Illusion: What We Got Wrong About Immigration & How to Set It Right
The Diversity Illusion: What We Got Wrong About Immigration & How to Set It Right
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent analysis, 26 Aug 2013
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This is a fantastic analysis and brilliantly constructed argument. It cuts through the dogma and ideology that has so many politicians and intellectuals locked into a narrow minded and blinkered way of thinking, it is harming our society and goes against the interests of all citizens.


Going South: Why Britain will have a Third World Economy by 2014
Going South: Why Britain will have a Third World Economy by 2014
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic analysis, 9 Aug 2013
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This book was a fascinating read and offers a detailed and convincing analysis. It argues that Britain is now a developing economy in desperate need of serious introspection and honest self assessment if it is going to set itself on a course of genuine long term recovery and renewal. For too long the nation has papered over the cracks, tried to do and to be too many things at once, cared far too much about league tables and economic clubs, been unable to accept it s diminished status,and unable to follow a certain path and stick to it. Our society and our economy is a basket case and we must face our problems head on, choose an economic and societal model and stick to it in order to become strong again in the long term. Convincing argument, interesting analysis and very informative for readers who are not experts in economics.


When William Came (TREDITION CLASSICS)
When William Came (TREDITION CLASSICS)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Warning of Britain's vulnerability, 6 Aug 2013
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This was an enjoyable read and a fascinating insight into the author's trepidation. Saki warns the reader that the Britain stands vulnerable on her perch atop the world. Having had a formidable empire and status as a world power for centuries, and ruling the world unchallenged in a century of peace enforced by pax Britannica Saki warns that the British have grown soft in their privilege and are unprepared for conflict and turmoil, with the nation and its people demilitarised Britain is not prepared for the coming storm. The year after publication the Great War broke out and Britain was unprepared, unable to honour its defence treaties and didn't properly mobilise for 2-3 years, Britain's decision to go to war set the clock ticking on British power, decline creeper in. A chilling warning and rather poignant given that Saki died in the war he predicted.
In the story Britain is swiftly defeated by Germany and becomes a province of the German empire under occupation. Nicely written, gentle pace, follows the character's attempts to come to terms with their diminished status. I enjoyed this little book very much.

100 years later we have not come to terms with our now severely diminished status to a basketcase, dysfunctional third rate country, a province of the EU.


The Verdict: Did Labour Change Britain?
The Verdict: Did Labour Change Britain?
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1.0 out of 5 stars The New Labour socialist revolution, 21 May 2013
Sugar coated propagandistic drivel from Polly the champagne socialist.Do we expect a fair assessment from a woman who said the New Labour was the best government of her life time? No of course not. New Labour was a terrible tide of destruction which accelerated the decline and decay of this country.

The destruction of civil liberties, revolutionary changes to the constitution, the end of the neutrality of the civil service, government based on spin, 90 percent increase on spending on the welfare state (the road to serfdom), "education, education, education" said Mr. Blair only to further erode the quality of our education system, the consummation of the conversion of our police force from public servants there to prevent crime to massive bureaucracy there to protect the state and solve crime statistically after the fact, two absolutely disastrous wars which have failed miserably to achieve anything of worth, CCTV spread onto every street and avenue, attempt at introducing ID cards to make us serfs,the hugely irresponsible fake credit boom and subsequent economic collapse, the bloated state slithering its tentacles into every area of our lives....

I can't go on, it makes me too angry. This book is a disgraceful attempt to sugar coat just how bad the 13 year New Labour reign was by a ideologue extremist left wing journalist who is unscrupulousness and utterly dishonest and hypocritical, she hones her dogmatic socialist ideals from her holiday home in Tuscany and cares not a jot about that great unthinking mass 'the working class' that she constantly patronises and who she knows nothing of.


The Spectator Magazine (Kindle Tablet Edition)
The Spectator Magazine (Kindle Tablet Edition)
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 21 May 2013
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I am very pleased with this app, finally the Kindle is starting to get more publications available. I'm really pleased with this because although I am subscribed to the print edition you can read many back issues. The app is occasionally a little unstable and crashes but mostly works fine, the presentation of the magazine in electronic format is excellent.


Dogma and Disarray: Cameron at Half-Time
Dogma and Disarray: Cameron at Half-Time
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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dogmatic drivel, 8 May 2013
Was anyone seriously expecting a fact based, reasoned argument from Polly Toynbee? If so, then perhaps you should get to know this self-loathing champagne socialist a little better. OF course, as a cultural Marxist, a socialist ideologue, she hates the Tory party; she is still suffering from the end of the New Labour revolution. The woman who called Tony Blair's egalitarian socialist whitewash the 'greatest government in my lifetime' has a very hard time admitting that the economic cuts are a direct result of the financial disaster that New Labour steered the United Kingdom directly into. To call Cameron's Tories dogmatic or Thatcherite is a pathetic argument and simply a way of distracting from the truth- the cuts are a necessity because of the bankruptcy of Britain, Ed Milliband will be unable to do anything different, the cuts are dictated by absolute necessity and, in truth, they don't go far enough to correct our basket case economy.

David Cameron is not a real conservative, he is a liberal and a democratic socialist- his agenda is very similar to that of New Labour except necessarily on a much tighter budget. Trying to depict him as a far right wing conservative heir to Thatcher is an insulting argument to anyone with any self awareness, he is the heir to Blair; plain and simple. I'm sure Toynbee would like to stimulate another fake credit boom by spending money we don't have and have the state running everybody's lives in a oppressive socialist nightmare, but not everybody think's this is preferable. Of course Toynbee, as a socialist of privileged background, likes to think of the working class as a great unthinking mass who needs guilt ridden rich ideologues like her to decide what's best for them, what's best for them is always the loving caress of the state.

Toynbee seems determined to keep the bloated welfare state despite public opinion and despite the country heading to insolvency, not to mention the demoralising effect of the state slithering its tentacles into the underclass and creating a culture of dependence that represses them. For a extreme left wing socialist to call Cameron 'dogmatic' is unbelievably hypocritical.

Do not expect a balanced argument from a New Labour liberal who has her ideology shackled to her feet and dogma narrowing her mind, only three years since the end of the 13 year New Labour disaster and she is now laying all of the blame on Britain's woes on a half-term coalition, it is truly insulting and either breathtakingly ignorant or simply dangerously dogmatic to the extent that a balanced argument is impossible (illustrated perfectly by this garbage book). This is Toynbee propaganda at its worst, as she is tied to her ideology she is incapable of a fair and balanced argument and so her social commentary is extremely suspect indeed. She is part of the problem in British society, not the solution.

I must say that I did not vote Conservative, nor do I think the coalition is doing a good job cleaning up the disastrous mess that New Labour socialism created. I think Cameron is a gutless wishy washy liberal professional politician with very few principles, to call him dogmatic is to suggest he actually has true principles- he does not. This is simply Toynbee pushing her socialist agenda and using propaganda to try and whitewash the truth, what she called 'the greatest government of my lifetime' was an economic and social disaster for the United Kingdom and New labour Lite, the Cameroonian Tory's are not up to the job of turning things around because of how much courage and fortitude it would take to roll back the great, bloated, wheezing intrusive state Blair and Brown created which is not financially viable or socially desirable.

Toynbee is a hypocritical ideologue who knows nothing of the real lives of real individuals in British society. She has nothing useful to say or to contribute to the necessary reform of British politics, society and culture which is desperately needed.
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My Alarm Clock - Wake up to the digital alarm clock app with sleep timer and current weather conditions
My Alarm Clock - Wake up to the digital alarm clock app with sleep timer and current weather conditions
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great app!, 2 Feb 2013
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Great app, liked it enough to buy it. Tells you the weather forecast and temperature and you can set your own music to play as an alarm. Very good product.


Dominion
Dominion
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read, 30 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Dominion (Kindle Edition)
This was a good page turner and an enjoyable read. It was clumsily written in places, as alternative history novels often can be, and I wasn't always convinced by his interpretation of certain historical characters and events. Still, as I got in to it I found it had a nice pace, compelled me to read on and it was certainly entertaining. I enjoyed his digs at the loathsome Scottish Nationalist Party and the notion of Scotland putting nationalism before union, which I agree is not in the interests of the Scottish people or the rest of the UK. I cannot give more than a 3 however because on the whole this novel has the depth of a thriller on a cinema screen, if this is what you are looking for and you enjoy alternative histories this is a good choice. I enjoyed it as a light read that wasn't challenging, the plot was sometimes thin and predictable but I still found it compelling and an enjoyable page turner.


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