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4.0 out of 5 stars Good going - work in progress, 1 Aug 2011
This review is from: So You Think You Know About Britain? (Paperback)
Given the negative comments from some on this work, I look forward to seeing their names in print soon on this topic.
I assume they can do better, and already have as long a list of publications to their name as does Prof. Dorling.

It is a tough call making information from data. Prof Dorling sets out his stall early on - he does numbers, not prose. He would therefore benefit from a better proof-reader and sense-maker. The production of the book seems to have been hurried too - there are errors, sometimes inverting sense.

As it doesn't spoon-feed you, you have to make a bit of an effort to get at what is being said, and of course it's repetitious, people aren't just old, they also live in the north or the south; immigration is not just into one place, and being born is not restricted geographically. I thought that was the point - there are divisions and discontinuities, but (as noted in the work) there are uniting elements too.

I found it interesting, with extensive references, something useful for anybody willing to delve further. Yes, it is left-leaning, but the evidence presented (and referenced from many official sources in both UK and overseas) suggests perhaps we are leaning too far to the right, and that deregulation has not delivered trickle-down, but has made possible "suck-up" of wealth. One reviewer notes that the book helps to "reaffirm your own saloon bar prejudices courtesy of a leftwing author" but fails to note the inequalities in income distribution which have developed since the mid 1970s. This isn't left wing bias, it is merely stating the evidence from various sources.

A worthwhile read, though it needs more polish to be acceptable to a wider audience.
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Initial post: 3 May 2012 15:20:02 BDT
Rob Julian says:
John Maynard Keynes made a very interesting radio broadcast on the subject of free trade and protectionism called; "Pros and Cons of Tariffs". Back then tariffs were a big issue, and what Keynes had to say was characteristically insightful. If you are interested in reading most of this 1932 BBC broadcast, (approx 1000 words) please follow this link and find it written in my Amazon book review.Competition Friendly Protectionism - How a Certain Kind of Protectionism Could Temper and Improve Globalisation

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Last edited by the author on 17 Jun 2012 13:27:52 BDT
"Given the negative comments from some on this work, I look forward to seeing their names in print soon on this topic". I take it from your comment that only published authors - with the correct political view, of course - can have an opinion? Well, that's 99.9% of the population excluded. Sums up modern Britain nicely!
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