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This review is from: Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality (Hardcover)
I had heard of but never yet read a book by this writer. This book is a good, sharp read, very amusing and almost like Orwell in how the writer takes something that seems obviously correct and then shows you how very wrong it is (a liberal, like me, will have to agree through gritted teeth). His experiences with people from inner-city Birmingham (and its prison) are really what makes it genuinely fascinating. The description, for example, of a reading inmate saying about a word 'I don't know that one' as if it is an exotic creature is both funny and indicative of the mess our education system is in. There is too much waffle by everyone, and too little being done on the basics...
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Initial post: 7 Jul 2010 12:13:43 BDT
T. D. Welsh says:
It's fair-minded of you to accept the validity of some of the author's points, although you are a liberal. But won't you be a better liberal for appreciating the practical obstacles in the way of some of your aspirations? Blind optimism is not really an advantage, and as someone neatly put it "hope is not a strategy". In an ideal world, perhaps conservatives could open their minds to the possibility and desirability of change, while liberals could take the advice of realists like Dalrymple.
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