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Shocking expose of the cancer at the Heart of Britain,
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This review is from: Dark Heart: The Shocking Truth About Hidden Britain (Paperback)Guardian journalist Nick Davies' work is manifestly not for the faint-hearted, detailing as it does the seedy underworld of many of Britain's big cities. From the opening chapter about the 'Children of the Forest' the reader is taken on a truly horrifying tour of rape,murders,exploitation and crime.
The author's intent is to convey the effects on society of the Thatcher revolution - how it has denied hope to millions and left them untethered and atomised, free only to drift into a world of drugs and prostitution. This is a very powerful and thought-provoking work which will surely be read for years to come - I particularly liked the quotes prefacing each part of the book, ussually from 19th century authors, showing that our predecessors were possessed of a much more acute sense of social conscience than most of us possess today ... Davies does offer solutions although most readers will balk at them, few can ignore the grotesque descriptions of misery which litter the pages of this book.
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Initial post: 17 Sep 2010 12:50:13 BDT
The idea that Thatcher's reforms denied hope to anyone is grotesque.
Her reforms single-handedly ushered in a decade and a half of enterprise and wealth creation that ended only with the boom and bust trainwreck that was the Blair/Brown disastrous administration.
She didn't get everything right to be sure but she did more to improve the life of ordinary Britons than any British PM since... well ever really considering the shocking situation she inherited. And certainly far more than Labour have ever achieved .
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2013 17:52:01 BDT
J. Turner says:
this isn't the place to peddle your favourite brand of politics. A review of the actual book might have been more useful
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