'It is a pleasure to read a lucid polemic by a man who is so obviously more interested in the welfare of the common man than in the approbation of his peers' Theodore Dalrymple, Sunday Telegraph'[This book] should not be ignored... there are several pressing challenges to liberals and the left in particular. -- Jonathan Freedland, Guardian 'The issues Hitchens is addressing are important and his willingness to challenge shibboleths is often illuminating ... he is rightly scathing about attempts to deal with crime by raising the conviction rate.' -- John Willman, Financial Times Hitchens is both wise and brave to call for a revival of morality and responsibility -- Joshua Rozenberg, Daily Telegraph. Peter Hitchens is one of Britain's most famous journalists and polemicists. His previous book, The Abolition of Britain, was a hugely popular call for the renovation of the Union of Great Britain, in the face of the centralising challenge of Europe's institutions.. 'It's fair to say that Peter Hitchens remains one of the most misrepresented figures in the British media... Hitchens is in reality one of the most thought-provoking and intelligent commentators on life in contemporary Britain' -- Neil Clark, Spectator From identification cards to how we protect our property, public debate rages over what our basic human rights are, and how they are to be protected.In this trenchant and provocative book Peter Hitchens sets out to show that popular views of these hotly contested issues - from crime and punishment to so-called 'soft drugs' - are based on mistaken beliefs, massaged figures and cheap slogans. His powerful and counter-intuitive conclusions make challenging reading for those on both the Left and the Right and are essential reading for all concerned with creating a lawful and peaceful society.The Abolition of Liberty argues that because of the misdemeanours of the few, the liberty of the many is seriously jeopardized. 'The issues Hitchens is addressing are important and his willingness to challenge shibboleths is often illuminating ... he is rightly scathing about attempts to deal with crime by raising the conviction rate.' -- John Willman, Financial Times 'It is a pleasure to read a lucid polemic by a man who is so obviously more interested in the welfare of the common man than in the approbation of his peers' Theodore Dalrymple, Sunday Telegraph'[This book] should not be ignored... there are several pressing challenges to liberals and the left in particular.' -- Jonathan Freedland, Guardian
If it's not broke, don't fix it!.. Peter Hitchens puts another piece of the puzzle in place with this book and when you study the issues in question, then you can only come to the conclusion that the past Legal laws and traditional on foot Police patrols were there for a reason. If you take away what's called Preventative Policing, local Police stations, and local court systems and pile loads of time-consuming paperwork and pointless new laws, then it's no wonder crime is through the roof in modern Britain today. What good is scrapping local Police stations and putting the Police in noisy and pretty colored flashing light patrol cars when the crime in question is probably long over with and criminals long gone by the time police get there ??. Again, politicians wonder why the public has lost all faith in them and the Police when they play the game of social reform with public institutions without thinking of the results that will surely follow once they have finished.
Peter Hitchens might be regarded as the Cassandra of the millenium It is a terrible shame that this insightful , indeed prescient , book recieved but a fraction of the attention it deserved. Britain , and British liberty, have been substantially disfigured by the public's failure to heed the warning here given. It remains all too relevant and may advise those who at last begin to see the unfolding catastrophe
Who can honestly read this, and then argue against it? Hitchens makes an impeccably argued case for the restoration of the Rule of Law and for prisons to be a place to be feared. When I was young and foolish, I loathed every word that Hitchens wrote. My principles are largely the same now, 20 years later, but I now find myself agreeing with much of his output. Hitchens is possibly the most misunderstood man in the UK. Maybe "misunderstood" is not the right word. In order to misunderstand one must first listen, and that seems to the problem with most who take umbrage at Hitchens' writing. I suppose it's possible that they get no further than the headlines to his articles, which are normally not written by the columnist themselves.
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