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The struggle between the main political parties has been reduced to an unpopularity contest, in which voters hold their noses and sigh as they trudge to the polls. Peter Hitchens explains how and why British politics has sunk to this dreary level - the takeover of the parties and the media by conventional left-wing dogmas which then call themselves 'the centre ground'. The Tory party under David Cameron has become a pale-blue twin of New Labour, offering change without alteration.

Hitchens, a former Lobby reporter, examines and mocks the flock mentality of most Westminster journalists, explains how unattributable lunches guide coverage and why so many reporters - once slavish admirers of Labour - now follow the Tory line.

This updated edition of Hitchens' The Broken Compass (2009) features a brand new introduction. In an excoriating analysis, Hitchens examines the Tory Party's record in government and opposition, dismissing it as a failure on all fronts but one - the ability to win office without principle. The one thing it certainly isn't is conservative.

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  • Mr. Tommy Wood
  • 06-17-17

A dazzling trip through the eyes of a traditional, honourable Englishman

This book was originally titled "The broken compass" and should have been left that way, as it is far more accurate a title. Mr Hitchens travels through past and present, exposing the fake divisions between left and right. He talk about issues that, rather than having aged. Almost seem prophetic in as much as this book feels even more accurate now than when it was written. The joke of modern politics is not lost on this author. Neither is the sad decline of bBritain as a result. This is in my MUST READ section of books. Few though they are. If you are familiar with the author, then you may think you know what to expect. But uncensored and unrestricted by tv time and other restraints Mr Hitchens goes far deeper than we normally get to see or hear. Something I am gratefull of.

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  • Tommy
  • 06-12-17

Intelligent, brave and wise political analysis

Much has changed in British politics since Peter Hitchens wrote this book in 2009 but his intelligent, brave and wise analysis is as relevant and necessary as ever.

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  • 08-06-14

Very badly written book attacking a straw man

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't think anyone will enjoy this. If you want to listen to the conservative point of view backed up by evidence and reasoned argument then there are dozens of better authors out there.

Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Hitchens again?

NO. I listened to him on question time and thought he might have interesting ideas. Against gay marriage, television, Europe, roads. mass immigration etc. He doesn't however present any kind of evidence for his arguments and instead calls his opponents Revolutionary's, socialists and Utopians.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Badly. He can't finish a sentence properly and often mumbles at the end.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance. When listening to Milton Friedman, Nigel Farage, Thomas Sowell, Margret Thatcher they often elicit an interest in their ideas. This did nothing but just convince me Peter Hitchens was born 100 years before his time.

Any additional comments?

Don;t buy this book. Peter Hitchens doesn't present a proper argument against David Cameron but just rages against things that annoy him.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-17

The diagnosis of modern politics

I've tried to put my finger on what it is that reeks like a dead carcase in the body politic. Peter Hitchens has diagnosed the corruption, and where and how the putrefaction began.
Well worth the listen. Also worth listening to are his other titles, Abolition of Liberty and Abolition of Britain. Both are not just relevant to the Australian audience, but perhaps essential.