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This review is from: The Abolition of Britain: From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana (Paperback)
I'm in two minds about this book. On one hand I don't agree with a lot of Hitchen's traditionalism, but then on the other I can see his point about a lot of what has happened culturally over the last 50-60 years in the UK.
I feel a lot of the cultural changes that have occurred over this period are double edged swords. For example, the `60s ethos of "liberation" and individual self expression has had a lot of positive benefits for most of us especially women, gays, ethnic minorities; it has given us much more variety and choice as individuals. But for some, with less self control or ability to deal with choice, it's been a disaster, drug abuse, family breakdown, crime etc etc.
As this quick review has shown, I'm mixed about this book. I certainly don't want the UK to go back to the 1950s, with its overt class distinctions and prejudices, but on the other hand there are some values that we need to reassert, such as hard work, self control, respect. And admit that we are not all equal in ability or aspirations.