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A bilious rant,
This review is from: 50 People Who Buggered Up Britain (Paperback)
This book deserves to be written. It does not deserve to be written so badly. Its pages are devoid of the humour which Letts rightly finds lacking in EastEnders (pp. 229-231). Worse is its lack of substance. Blair and Thatcher (among others) should be put in a dock such as this, but to have their record analysed, not merely barracked. I'm a Dawkins supporter in the main, but could do a far better adverse criticism of him than the diatribe that appears here. A few chapters, such as those on Michael Martin and John Scarlett, rise above the mire, but these exceptions are not enough to redeem a predictable, tedious book which only a Little Englander could love. Of Janet Street-Porter, Letts says, "Many of her opinions are off-the-peg metropolitan views. She simply makes them sound different because she speaks in such a jagged, revolting voice" (pp. 236-7). Physician, heal thyself, or at least cast out the beam before going for the mote. And, in passing, "sanguine" should be "phlegmatic" on p. 80. This book is a bilious rant. Why buy it?
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Initial post: 29 Apr 2011 00:24:52 BDT
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With regard to his rant about Janet Street-Porter (and I find it hard to see why her having, in his words, "Stonehenge teeth, loudhailer larynx and large ears" has contributed to her buggering up Britain) he seems to have done no research at all. To lambaste her as "throwing her invective at tradition and moderation" and "holding metropolitan views" doesn't square with her presidency of the Ramblers' Association from 1994-96. Quentin Letts is just being gratuitously nasty here.
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