Exposing the Decline and Fall of Britain: Elitism, Populism and Culture (2000)



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Peter Jonathan Hitchens (born 28 October 1951) is an English journalist and author. About the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/189355418X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=189355418X&linkCode=as2&tag=doc06-20&linkId=7890656805726663e3e6ce881718a23b

He has published six books, including The Abolition of Britain, The Rage Against God, and The War We Never Fought. He is a frequent critic of political correctness, and describes himself as an Anglican Christian and Burkean conservative.[1]

Hitchens writes for Britain’s The Mail on Sunday newspaper and is a former foreign correspondent in Moscow and Washington. He works as a foreign reporter and in 2010 was awarded the Orwell Prize. He is the younger brother of the late writer Christopher Hitchens.

Himself a former Trotskyist, Hitchens now says that he is “in character, puritanical, and glad of a reason to be so.”[67] He describes his political philosophy as “a conservative position flowing directly and inevitably from a theist position. I’m not saying you can’t be a conservative without being a theist – it seems much more difficult, I’m not certain I can work out why you would want to be.”[67]

Hitchens contends the modern Labour Party was formed by struggles in the 1980s and a programme of “social liberalism, egalitarian education and the sexual revolution” envisaged in the 1950s by figures such as Anthony Crosland and Roy Jenkins.[68] He believes that the ideas of New Labour are based on Eurocommunism.[69] Hitchens criticised New Labour for “attacks on the constitution”,[70] such as reform of the House of Lords, devolution and membership of the European Union.[71] He has described former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s constitutional reforms as a “slow-motion coup d’état.”[70] Hitchens believes the most significant changes introduced by New Labour concentrated power in the hands of the executive, with Blair effectively chief executive,[72] and Orders in Council installing Alastair Campbell and Jonathan Powell in Whitehall.[73]

In his columns Hitchens mocked Blair’s public relations, calling him “Princess Tony” in reference to Blair’s calling Princess Diana “the people’s princess”, and latterly making a point of calling him “Anthony Blair.”[74] Also, he has cast doubt on the accepted account of Blair’s early legal and political career.[74][75] Hitchens described Blair’s successor, Gordon Brown, as a “dismal Marxoid”,[76] but criticised what he saw as “prejudiced, shallow” attempts by the media to destroy Brown after he became Prime Minister in 2007,[77] and praised Brown for, in his words, “saving the pound.”[78]

At the same time, Peter Hitchens has been consistently dismissive of the modern Conservative Party, frequently deriding the party’s leadership as the “useless Tories”[79] and David Cameron as “Mr Slippery.”[80] He criticises the Conservative Party for calling itself “conservative”, since he believes it’s a “left-wing party” with a great deal in common with the Socialist Workers’ Party.[8] Hitchens has listed actions done by the Conservative Party that he deems as “anti-British”, such as the bringing the United Kingdom into the European Economic Community (later European Union).[81] Although initially a supporter of Thatcherism,[82] Hitchens has criticised the Conservative Party for its free-market economic policies, calling it a “wild form of liberalism”, rather than conservatism.[83] He once clashed with Iain Duncan Smith on Question Time over the privatisation of railways.[84] On this issue, Hitchens has written “I have always believed that the electric power grid should be nationalised. I think it should be renationalised as a prelude to an enormous programme of nuclear power station building, without which we face an appalling energy crisis within 20 years.”[84]

Hitchens has mixed views on the UK Independence Party. He has mocked UKIP as being “a fantasy and a Dad’s Army organisation” that is “without political importance”,[85] a “rickety jalopy bolted together in a garden shed”,[86] and he has criticised UKIP leader Nigel Farage, calling him a “charming charlatan”,[86] and Farage’s personal support for drug decriminalisation,[87] viewing UKIP itself also as “not a conservative formation, but Thatcherism in exile.”[80] However, he also said of the 2015 general election, “If you feel for some odd reason that voting is a duty, vote for UKIP”,[88] and he has defended UKIP from “smear” attempts and has called Nigel Farage “in fact England’s answer to Alex Salmond.”[89] He has also said that “only a UKIP breakthrough offers the poor, betrayed British people any hope of real change. The [other parties] must lie, because they know their real aims are hateful to us.”

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  1. Sagar Dhillon says:

    Athens had jury system . Britain is good at remarketing ancient things and calling it theirs . Also don't mention that algebra and mechanisation with steam power also existed in Iran banu Musa had whole books on working mechanisation . Europian were good at political organisation because of intense nationalistic competition between nations after Westphalian treaty and even more intense after Napoleonic war

  2. marine drive says:

    Hitchens gives such a thoughtful and interesting exposition of the nature of conservatism – such a pleasure to listen to. As for what has happened to Britain in recent decades; I actually find it quite upsetting and can only add to what Jonathan has said by saying that Britain has shot itself in the foot.

  3. DingoDubz says:

    BS . Athens invented the jury system over 200 years before Britain did

  4. Pwecko says:

    Interesting.

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