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Well argued and thought provoking, but think for yourself!
on 18 November 2000
Poor Peter Hitchens. He must get irate about virtually aspect of modern British Society. Does nothing about today's world please him? Having corresponded with him a couple of times, I can confirm that he appears to have the sense of humour of a crocodile with a migraine. The Abolition Of Britain is a good book, and Hitchens argues strongly and passionately. Where he fails, however, is to propose a way forward from the current situation the UK finds itself in.
As another reviewer states, he seems to feel if everything reverted back to how it was in the 50s, it would all be okay.
That is not going to happen.
I have a particular problem with Hitchens' repeated use of the word 'deference.' Deference is all very well if you are the one being deferred to. A million British men deferred to the idiots who sent them over the top to their deaths in 1914-18.
Hitchens also laments the decline of Christianity in Britain. He argues passionately, but from the standpoint that his religion is 100% true. The fact remains that if anyone who is a Christian had been born and raised in Yemen, or Tibet, they would have been brought up and brainwashed (for want of a better word) into Islamic or Buddhist faiths.
Some excellent points are made, however, about the decline of standards in society, the acceptance of low moral standards, the way in which children are treated (ie parked in front of a television or computer screen and left to it) and the increasing power of socalled 'do-gooders' who make excuses for the bad behaviour of others.
I cannot agree, however, that all these points are mutually interdependant, and that all problems will be solved by voting Conservative, which is hinted at at the end of the book.
I would recommend reading this book, it is thought provoking and educational, but think for yourself. Having experienced the freedom brought by the breakdown of social barriers, would you want to live in 'Hitchensworld?'