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2.0 out of 5 stars Some of his 'targets' are very poorly chosen., 2 Dec. 2008
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Letts' book comes from an interesting perspective; acerbic and amusing pen pictures of those who, as the title tells us, have not made such a positive contribution to our national life. All well and good if the target is a pompous and hubristic politician whose words and actions fail to match, or some greedy business person who puts profit above humanity. But to target someone because of how they look or the way they speak is not only cruel but cheap and lacking in imagination.

In places, the book is amusing but too many pieces have a sense of the school bully about them. Picking on someone whose only apparant failing, according to Letts, is that they are on TV or that they choose to dye their hair is childish. Such writing becomes a cheap shot and as such, lacks any credability.

There is a smug attitude to much of Letts' writing. This is a pity because those targets deserving of scrutiny also deserved more of the authors attention at the expense of those who simply annoy him.
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Initial post: 8 Nov 2009, 15:21:36 GMT
waldegrove says:
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Posted on 15 Apr 2010, 10:37:05 BST
Kyoto Martyn says:
Just read the lame entry on Jimmy Savile to see why this book isn't worth buying.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2010, 15:33:53 BST
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Posted on 27 Sep 2011, 08:59:19 BST
Midnighter says:
The fact that he works for THe Daily Mail is enough in itself reason enough not to choose it.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2013, 13:11:24 GMT
G. M. Gibson says:
Cannot see any spelling mistakes apart from "credability" which should, of course be "credibility". A bit unfair, your comment.

Posted on 13 May 2016, 20:39:11 BST
John1950 says:
I bet you're a Public Sector Worker of some description?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2016, 13:43:23 BST
A customer says:
What does that have to do with anything?

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Dec 2016, 13:18:34 GMT
Drambuster says:
Not as smug as the author of this awful book.
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