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A Brief History Of Crime Hardcover – 10 Apr 2003
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From the Author
Politicians have failed to combat the decline in justice and order which now reaches into the lives of almost everyone in modern Britain. Despite much talk of 'tough' legislation and increasing police numbers, governments of both major parties have failed to make the slightest real impact on the problem.
But worse than this they are increasingly turning to repressive and liberty-threatening laws and measures. The English people have never been so surveyed, filmed, filed, recorded and snooped upon. It is as if the entire population is being punished for the crimes of a few.
I fear that this process will end with the extinction of important liberties, while probably still failing to restore peace and order to our streets. It is time for a re-evaluation of conventional wisdom about crime, since the left-liberalism of the late 20th century has plainly failed.
I argue that a return to the concept of punishment, combined with the restoration of preventive policing - on foot - is the only effective answer to the problem which will also preserve the liberties of the citizen. These things need to be accompanied by a moral restoration and a reversal of much of the cultural revolution described in 'The Abolition of Britain' to which, in a way, this is the companion volume.
About the Author
Peter Hitchens is a well-known and controversial commentator, a columnist for the Mail on Sunday and a frequent broadcaster. His first book, The Abolition of Britain, made an impact on both Left and Right with its argument that Britain had chosen the wrong future in the 1960s, and that Thatcherism had not only failed to halt the moral and cultural revolution launched by the Left, but had in many ways accelerated it.
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I loathe his arrogance, his smugness and his patronising manner.
To my astonishment, I found this book to be quite superb.
Hitchens brings his mind to bear on the collapse of British society and the huge increase in crime that has occurred since WW2.
I was really surprised to find that I agree with almost all of his analyses and potential solutions. The book charts the rise of the 'liberal left elite' and the imposition of their social, political and moral standards on what is essentially conservative country, England. The book does not address the issues in Scotland, since it is a different jurisdiction and data is not fully compatible with those available for England & Wales. (Of course, the overwhelming majority of Hitchens' thoughts are applicable to both Scotland and Northern Ireland.)
If you wonder how we came to live in the crime-ridden and discourteous society that we now 'enjoy', then this book will answer many of your questions.
If you are of the left, and more interested in 'rights' than civil society and order, you might find this book hard to swallow. Nonetheless, I would recommend that you sit down and read it. If nothing else, you'll find out how you are going wrong.
However there are a few flaws in Hitchens' book. Peter did not really answer the issue of executing innocents very well. He basically says "Well we execute innocent people all the time in war and in hospital." However IMHO, there is a distinct issue with the capital punishment. We intuitively believe that people who are innocent and just should not be killed arbitrarily by the State. I think that is the one issue that will keep capital punishment off the books.
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