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Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (36 of 47)
 

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Multiculturalism: Some Inconvenient Truths by Rumy Hasan
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A principled critique, 25 Aug 2011
There were many times when reading this book that I wanted to hug the author for stating what should be obvious to anyone who genuinely believes in universal rights and free expression. It seems sad then that in many respects Rumy's arguments often sound quite radical coming from a member of the political left which, as other reviews have pointed out, claims so often to speak up for gender equality, anti-racism and gay rights.Rumy hits the nail on the head when he argues that 'Paradoxically, in the name of liberalism and political correctness, thoroughly illiberal practices and beliefs come to be tolerated'. So we have the bizarre situation where 'liberals' feel unable to engage in… Read more
Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Class never went away, 18 Jun 2011
This is a heartfelt account of the airbrushing out of class from political discourse since the Thatcher years and beyond. Owen Jones describes in powerful detail how society has become more unequal over the last 30 years and considers the impact of the destruction of industry in many parts of the UK which led to once strong communities becoming blighted by unemployment, poor employment conditions where jobs do exist and inevitable social problems arising as a result free market fundamentalism.

One fascinating (if very depressing) aspect of this book is its focus on the narrowing of the representation of working class people in the media. It's true that reality TV shows and Vicky… Read more
What's Left?: How the Left Lost its Way: How Liber&hellip by Nick Cohen
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
There are some uncomfortable home truths in this book for anyone who considers themselves (like me!) to be from the left. It highlights very clearly the hypocrisy of many who rightly condemn the double standards of Western powers and yet also employ their own double standards regarding oppressive regimes and ideologies. I still maintain that the 2003 Iraq War was a foreign policy disaster but I don't exactly feel great about what would have been the likely alternative either -Saddam Hussein still in power. It's also worth noting the shameful lack of support that some (although by no means all) on the left gave those Iraqi trade unionists and democrats fighting for freedoms we take for… Read more