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His smug condemnation of better men than himself
on 27 December 2016
I rarely comment on books, but feel I must on this one. If I didn't know the author trained as a schoolmaster at a time when political cynicism and fuzzy-minded do goodery combined to wreck the British education system, I'd be compelled to conclude that he was a mere tabloid journalist. His smug condemnation of better men than himself, ignoring historical and practical context alike, is shameful to the last degree. He makes no claim to relevant experience either as a practical seaman or as a fighting commander, yet feels able to sneer at the efforts of seasoned professionals, doing (mostly) the best they could with what they had. Certainly, with hindsight, there were mistakes made, but this author is the wrong person to tell us about them. A disgracefully tawdry, shallow hatchet job.