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on 16 August 2012
I got this book for a pound in a library sale. Shame on the library! This is a superb book that deserves a wide readership. The period of the early 19th century needs to be read by anyone who wants to understand contemporary British politics and culture. Ingrams book is weighed in all the right measures; it's polemical, funny, engrossing and brings to live all the contradictions and humanity of Cobbett's life and writings.
Cobbett's pen potraits of his opponents are still a rich source of satire and master class in put downs and exposure of the hypocrisy and cant of the rulers of the period. Of Lord Brougham he writes' Lord Crackskull - he is the weazel, the nightmare, the indigestion'.
Of Thomas Malthus he writes, 'Parson I have, during my life, detested many men; but never any one so much as you.'
Cobbett, along with Thomas Paine, should be part of the national curriculum.
It would help save us all from the oppressive and shoddy legacy of the BBC. 'Blair, Brown and Cameron'.