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Good anecdotes, appalling politics,
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This review is from: The Light's on at Signpost (Paperback)
As other reviewers have said, this is two books interleaved. One is a collection of anecdotes written by a good writer who has led an interesting life, and is well worth reading. The other is GMF's political opinions of the world as it today. These would delight a right wing reader of the Daily Mail, but would horrify anyone whose political views are centrist, let alone mildly leftist.
The problem is that he is arguing from all the cliches propagated by the tabloid press over the last decades. For example: benefit scroungers are a problem, some self-styled asylum seekers are actually dole scroungers, therefore all asylum seekers should be thrown out. He speaks from his comfortable offshore hideaway on the Isle of Man with virtually no knowledge of the world as it really is today. Several of the instances of excessive Political Correctness he quotes with horror are either Urban Legends or came to light only because they were being corrected.
Avoid, unless you want the complete GMF collection. Or at least skip the political chapters - I wish I had.
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2015 13:01:57 BDT
Ms. Fiona Allen says:
I understood from the father of a friend who had served in the army with GMF (the father, not the friend) that he was a bit out on the right wing, but I had no idea quite how abhorrent his views were. I have also read much better books about screenwriting and the movie business in general. I bought it in Barnardo's, it's going straight to the Salvation Army.
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