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An inforamtive read.,
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This review is from: The Abolition of Britain: From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana (Paperback)
Peter Hitchens has vast experience of the world especially it would seem the UK. Whilst I disagree with some of his views the overall picture he paints of Britain and how life has degenerated in nearly all aspects - especially education - is to my mind fairly accurate. I lived through World War 2 and the 1950's were to me exciting years. This is one area in which I disagree with Peter. I went to a grammar school, did National Service and then spent 30 years in the Civil Service. For ten years I worked in London and enjoyed myself (these were the 60's) immensely. However I have always looked on this period as the beginning of Britain's decline. I was disgusted with the false "mourning" after Diana's death, tragic though it was. How so many people totally unconnected with this gallivanting woman cried and placed flowers at Kensington Palace clearly shows how the media can whip up and determine public opinion whenever it wishes. I have always felt that Winston Churchill's funeral which displayed genuine public feelings towards the man who had helped save us all represented the end of the nearest we were to democracy. Peter covers the political methods employed by successive governments to reduce us to our present status which has caused other countries to write us off as having any influence in the world anymore. It is a dreadful but mostly accurate account of this country's descent into mediocrity.