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Crime is a political football - both left and right are terrified of seeming "soft" on the issue, but for all their efforts, or apparent efforts, crime rates continue to rise. Clearly something needs to be done. But what? Peter Hitchens argues that the time has come to re-examine the criminal justice system root and branch - to cope with rising levels of violent crime, and ...more
Published January 1st 2005 by Atlantic Books (UK)
(first published April 8th 2004)
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Although most of Peter Hitchen's opinions are the opposite of my own, his style of presenting an argument remains a master class in how to present evidence in the way that promotes your view. This book makes a range of points in support of a return to 'law and order' some are convincing, some are not but all are thought provoking and if you hold a liberal perspective, it challenges you to move beyond presumptions and prejudices. Highly recommended.
Some detailed work in here on how the law and police have changed over the years. But in general Hitchens' writing is very judgmental and opinionated and he doesn't have a knack for writing about complex issues or complicated bits of evidence. Things are pretty much black or white with him so it does resemble a very long Daily Mail article. Although, it is an easy read that does provide some food for thought; worth a look if you have a vague interest in the topic.
If Newsweek is correct and "We're all socialists now," then we really ought to calculate the price-tag attached to that. Hitchens shows us that price tag by analyzing the ravages of leftism in his home of Britain. Every person in America should read this book. Really really good.
Peter Jonathan Hitchens is a British journalist, author and broadcaster. He was educated at The Leys School Cambridge, Oxford College of Further Education and the University of York.More about Peter Hitchens...