A surprise best seller in England, The Abolition of Britain is bitingly witty and fiercely argued, yet also filled with somber appreciation for what the idea of England has always meant to the West and to the world at large. One English critic ...
tic called The Abolition of Britain an elegant jeremiad in which Peter Hitchens identifies everything that has gone wrong with Britain since World War II and makes the case for those many millions who feel that they have become foreigners in their own land and wish with each succeeding day that they could turn the clock back.
Writing with passion and flair, Hitchens targets the pernicious effects of TV culture, the corruption and decay of the English language, the loss of politeness, and the syrupy confessional mood brought on by the death of Diana, which Hitchens contrasts with the somber national response to the death of Winston Churchill.
If there is a term that summarizes everything that has gone wrong in
Britain, it is Tony Blairism, which Hitchens sees as having rewritten Englands history, trivialized its journalism, subverted its educational system and cultural standards, and overthrown accepted notions of patriotism, faith, and morality. The New Britain is government by focus group in which people are told what to feel as a way of preventing them from asking how they want to be governed.
Looking at the changed face of his country, Hitchens finds a politically correct zeal for the new whose impact on daily life has been as devastating in effect, if not in violence, as Mao tse Tungs Cultural Revolution in China.