How To Be Right: The Essential Guide to Making Lefty Liberals History Paperback – 8 Mar 2007
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'(This) book has wit and boundless energy and is a thousand times better than the books of Clarkson' -- Marcus Berkmann, The Spectator
'Gloriously funny' -- Daily Telegraph
'My friends, you've got to read this'
-- Daniel Hannan MEP --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you think modern Britain has gone mad, then James Delingpole's How to be Right will confirm your view. Part polemic, part amusing opinion, but mostly hilarious rant, this is a journey into everything that's wrong with our politically correct societySee all Product description
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in private and James Delingpole says it in this book. And, typical Brits that we are we can still fall
about laughing at the sort of things that really make us hopping mad..Not a book for Lib/Lab luvvies....;-)
It's not just a 'grumpy old men/Daily Mail' style rant though - amid the humour Mr Delingpole makes a serious plea for the rights of the individual in an increasingly restrictive society. Yes the humour is a bit below the belt in places and there is a feeling that Mr Delingpole turns into 'disgusted of Tunbridge Wells' at one or two points, but this is merely the same hypberbole that has kept left-wing comedians in business for years.
My one criticism would be the lack of references, which is why I have not given the book five stars. I know it's a humorous book rather than a serious political treatise, but without proper references it's too easy for critics to dismiss some of the material as right-wing scaremongering.
If you think modern society has gone mad, you'll love this book. If you read the Guardian and think that the BBC is an impartial, middle of the road organisation, you probably won't!
As someone who feels no more guilty about Slavery than I do about the Norman conquest it is deeply refreshing to read well-informed argument that backs up my own views and gives me added ammunition in my tireless battle against Annoying Lefty Friends.
One of the joys of this book is how it is so calculated to wind up humourless hand-wringing liberal left eco-warriors. You don't have to look far for evidence of this.
This is a book you dip in and out of, a cathartic book that you can turn to in times of Left-induced rage, as you watch everything that was once great about this country gurgle down the plug hole that is 10 years of New Labour.
While nothing at all will be new to readers it is exactly what it says on the tin; "The essential guide to making lefty liberals history".
It is the kind of Conservatism that excites and amuses and is strangely alluring in its subversiveness. Exactly what Conservatism needs to appeal to the broader base that Cameron has so lamentably failed to locate and capture.
I've have read just about everything from Melanie Phillips and Civitas and all the other usual suspects in the field of Conservative contrarianism and while all of which is on reasonably solid ground, nothing makes you feel you're on the winning side quite like this book.
In this ponderous age where the Conservative Party has all but abandoned us, what is needed more than anything is an appealing and more crucially, accessible vision of Conservatism that really communicates with the internet ravaged, attention deficit disorder generation. This is it.
Cameron is right in trying to appeal to the young and trendy but if only he would do as Delingpole has and appeal to young and trendy Conservatives.
From experience I would say that you don't get asked to many parties, Mr T.
The only problem with this book is that it isn't long enough. Suggestions for a second edition - right-on 'staff picks' in bookshops, (especially if it's Chomsky); and the ghastly semi-Christian piety of 'liberals', especially when projecting their own personality on to their opponent(see above).
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