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Private Views: Voices from the Frontline of British Culture

Peter Whittle
ISBN 978-1-904863-43-4

A gathering global financial storm, a historic presidential campaign in the US – and some unpleasantness on Radio 2. These were just a few of the events which unfolded in the background while the interviews for Private Views - the first book to be produced by the New Culture Forum – were underway. The aim of these conversations was to produce a picture of the issues, trends and preoccupations that currently shape our culture – from the effects of multiculturalism in arts policy to the cult of celebrity; from the existence of a cultural and political class to the question of bias at the BBC; and from the difficulties of talking about immigration to the prospects for freedom of expression itself in the face of radical Islam. The one thing that unites the interviewees, from the novelist Lionel Shriver to the critic Cosmo Landesman, from the playwright Richard Bean to the designer Vivienne Westwood is that all of them are creators or practitioners in their particular field. And all of them, in their different ways, offer valuable insights into the cultural state we’re in.
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The Nation that Forgot God

Edited by Edward Leigh & Alex Haydon, 2009
ISBN 978-1-904863-41-0

The Nation that Forgot God dissects the secularisation of the West. The book's essays trace the effects on ordinary people of being the first post-religious society. Every other society has had at its heart the existence and practice of religion. But this book is not just a social history. It is also a guide to how we as individuals can change history. Essays on: Edward Leigh on How Britain has Lost its Way; Alexander Boot on Political Correctness; Peter Mullen on Making Your Own Hope; Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali on Thinking and Acting Morally; Roger Scruton asks, Quo Vadis?; Bat Ye'or on the Ambiguities of Multiculturalism; Canon Peter Williams on the British Abolition of Slavery; Shusha Guppy on Christians and Muslims in Britain; Philippa Taylor on Supporting Marriage and the Family; John Marks on Teaching Today; Archbishop Vincent Nichols on Community Cohesion and Catholic Education; Abbot Aidan Bellenger on Seeking God as a Benedictine Monk.

"The nation of the title of this book of essays is, of course, Britain. The arresting title is justified by the intellectual strength of the twelve authors. I recommend this book most strongly". Catholic Times

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In Search of the Moderate Muslim

Jon Gower Davies, 2009
ISBN 978-1-904863-37-3

Moderate Muslims have become the favoured interlocutors of Western politicians since the 9/11 and 7/7 terrorist attacks. Jon Gower Davies, formerly the Head of Religious Studies at Newcastle University, searches for self-styled moderate Muslims and explores their attitudes and beliefs. He discusses what moderateness means in Britain today.
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War Since 1990

Jeremy Black, 2009
ISBN 978-1-904863-36-6

Since 1990 in which war have there been the most casualties? If you ask this question in Britain or the USA the answer usually given is Iraq yet casualty figures in both Zaire/Congo and Sudan have been considerably higher. Too often in accounts of warfare, non-conventional and non-Western conflicts are ignored. War Since 1990 redresses this balance and offers a deeply researched and rounded history of warfare in all its forms since the end of the Cold War. Jeremy Black argues that the failure to understand non-Western warfare is dangerous, because the effectiveness, indeed sometimes the very survival, of Western forces requires such an understanding. War Since 1990 is an important contribution to both education about the military and education for the military.
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Don't Tread on Me: Anti-Americanism Abroad

Carol Gould, 2009
ISBN 978-1-904863-35-9

Don't Tread on Me presents a searing indictment of the rampant anti-Americanism that has become so integral to British and European culture. In her 33 years as an American expatriate in Britain, Carol has seen it evolve from hatred of America for delaying its entry into World War II through disgust with Irish-American support for the IRA and loathing of the blanket support Israel has received from successive US governments, to fury at the wars unleashed by the Bush administration. Here Carol Gould explodes the falsehoods put about by the media and by anti-American and anti-Zionist politicians, and debunks the myths that, all too often, are to be heard at polite dinner parties. Deploying humour and irony, she examines the many aspects of American culture that are portrayed in a distorted and often cruel way. While Britons visiting the USA are treated everywhere with extraordinary warmth, Gould sees the exact opposite in Britain and Europe: a hatred that permeates every aspect of Americana. And she sees hatred of Israel intertwined with resentment of American support for the Jewish state. From Middle Eastern cafe owners calling her a racist ape to English football clubs threatening her over criticism of the behaviour of racist hooligans, she takes the reader on a journey of disturbing and often incomprehensible America-hatred.
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What If? Counterfactualism and the Problem of History

Jeremy Black, 2008
ISBN 978-1-904863-34-2

'What if?' books today occupy a prominent place in airport bookshops and have become a major publishing success. Yet this approach, generally known as counterfactualism, has had only a limited impact on academic history. Indeed counterfactualism has been strongly dismissed by prominent historians of the Left, including E. H. Carr, Richard Evans, Eric Hobsbawm, and E. P. Thompson. They have sought to portray counterfactualism as a plaything of the Right. What If? is a defence of counterfactualism and a guide to the subject by one of the UK s leading historians. Jeremy Black demonstrat¬es the place of contingency and human agency in history. The counterfactual approach to history, argues Professor Black, is so hated by some historians precisely because it presents a devastating critique to determinist - and especially Marxist - accounts of past, present and future.
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The Economic Socialisation of Young People

Adrian Furnham, 2008
ISBN 978-1-904863-33-5

All parents want their children to be "savvy" about money. All governments want their citizens to be informed, sensible and responsible when it comes to earning, saving, spending and investing money. In his latest book, Professor Adrian Furnham investigates the economic socialisation of children and adolescents. He looks at how, when and why some people become economically literate and others do not, and attempts a comprehensive and critical evaluation of the scattered interdisciplinary research in this much neglected and important field. This is a book that will be welcomed by many different groups of people - not least parents bewildered by the complexities and pitfalls of pocket-money systems. Adrian Furnham is Professor of Psychology at University College London. He was educated at the London School of Economics and at Oxford University. Professor Furnham has written over 700 scientific papers and 55 books, and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is on the editorial board of a number of international journals, writes regularly for the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph and is a regular contributor to BBC radio and television.
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Israel, the Jews and the West: The Fall and Rise of Antisemitism

William D. Rubinstein, 2008
ISBN 978-1-904863-32-8

Antisemitism has been termed the oldest hatred, and seemingly reappears in every age. This book examines how it has evolved in modern times, and examines the controversial question of whether hostility to Israel and its policies constitutes antisemitism. It offers a clear, brief examination of how and why Jews have aroused so much hostility in the past. But it also argues that hostility to Jews on the centre-right has virtually disappeared, to be replaced by extreme hostility from parts of the far left. From the 1960s until the 1980s, the Soviet Union and the Western extreme left served as the main focal point of hostility to the State of Israel and the Jewish people. With the collapse of Communism, and also with the rise of Islamic fundamentalist movements in the Middle East, a new and virulent form of hostility to Israel and also to Jews has arisen, often allied to the Western extreme left despite the apparently total differences in the two. This alliance is also deeply hostile to Western democracy and pluralism, and to the United States and Britain. This deeply-researched book is a thought-provoking and often alarming introduction to a crucial area of international politics.
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Look At Me: Celebrating the Self in Modern Britain

Peter Whittle, 2008
ISBN 978-1-904863-31-1

It is perfectly natural and healthy for an individual to want to be appreciated by family, friends, community or peers. This desire can spur us on to personal achievement. It acts as the glue that binds society together. But the need to be special is altogether different. In this book, Peter Whittle highlights the demoralisation and division that come with the modern need to claim uniqueness, regardless of talent or deed. By shouting the loudest, by being the most visible, or simply by thumping people the hardest, the attention seekers destroy the privacy of others and contribute to the fragmentation of public life. Meanwhile real achievement and genuine talent are devalued. With no genuine claim to uniqueness, some wannabes simply emote. They self dramatise. They show off. They demand our attention. Others glorify themselves by rejecting other people around them. Paradoxically, despite all the talk in the media of 'community', there has been a repudiation of our collective identity - whether expressed in nationhood, neighbourliness or even personal roots. Such concepts are seen by the single, soaring self as constricting and confining. And in the breakdown of civic behaviour, in the growth of self-centred, often yobbish posturing, 'respect' has come to acquire an altogether new, rather sinister meaning. In "Look at Me", Peter Whittle explores Britain's runaway obsession with the need to be extraordinary, special or visible. He looks at the many ways in which this obsession manifests itself, across different age groups and economic classes. He goes on to consider how we have come to be in this situation. And finally, he looks at what the future holds.
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The Disrespect Agenda: Or How the Wrong Kind of Niceness is Making Us Weak and Unhappy

Lincoln Allison, 2008
ISBN 978-1-904863-30-4

The Disrespect Agenda is a plea for the kind of clear thinking, and for the love of liberty, that typified the rise of Britain in the Hanoverian period. The author argues that the constant harping on about respect in the contemporary world - by governments, gangsters, and community leaders - is the tip of an iceberg of confusion and moral weakness. Free and responsible human beings should not crave respect, and should bestow it only cautiously, after stringent tests and never as a matter of right. The author suggests an agenda of targets for sceptical disrespect, including artists, educationalists and politicians.

Lincoln Allison has combined an academic career in the study of politics with writing and broadcasting on his other interests, which include sport, travel and the countryside. Although he retired from a full-time academic post in 2004, in order to pursue his other interests, he remains Emeritus Reader in Politics at the University of Warwick and Visiting Professor in Sport and Leisure at the University of Brighton.

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The Curse of History

Jeremy Black, 2008
ISBN 978-1-904863-29-8

Colonialism, the Irish potato famine, slavery, the treatment of aboriginal people politicians are under increasing pressure to apologise for Britain's history. Collective grief is becoming the basis of public policy. Jeremy Black one of the UK's leading historians argues that this is a dangerous development. There is a politics of grievance that runs through the polemical use of history around the world. Drawing on examples from the UK, USA, Eastern Europe, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand, The Curse of History illustrates why this is dangerous: politically it splits communities rather than drawing them together, while historically it leads to distorted and monolithic interpretations. The Curse of History is a devastating critique of the political abuse of history.
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White Elephant: How the North East Said No

William Norton, 2008
ISBN 978-1-904863-28-1

"White Elephant" is the greatest book ever written about English local government organisation. Can you afford not to read the only work which offers you: the real meaning of Red; the complexity of the Ibiza Beach Question; the definition of balance; an exploration of man's endless quest for the moral high ground; the insidious cunning of the Heineken Strategy; whether you really need a positive message; the shocking risks created by the Northumberland Schools Dispute; the peril of the Preston call centre; the dangers of maniacs; how to fix a motor car with a hair dryer; when a government minister is not a government minister; why 42 + 9 = 78; the creeping deceit of the corporate democratic core costing model; the strategic power of pizza; whether it is really wise to try to fit a broad church into a big tent (or vice versa); the final answer to the difference between a referendum and a plebiscite; and, much, much more!
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The Holocaust

Jeremy Black, 2008
ISBN 978 1 904863 27 4

The history of the Holocaust needs underlining in the face of continuing attempts to deny its veracity or scope. Adolf Hitler's determination to rid Europe, if not the World, of Jews and Jewish ideas in all their manifestations was central to the ultimate goal of establishing a thousand-year Reich. This book by Jeremy Black - Professor of History at the University of Exeter and one of the UK's leading historians - is written in response to the continuation of Holocaust denial and also because of the desperate need for a clear, concise history of the Holocaust.
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Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan

Caroline Fourest, 2008
ISBN 978 1 904863 26 7

The name Tariq Ramadan is well known in the West. Thanks to his urbane manner and articulate way of expressing himself - in a number of languages - this Swiss-born 'academic' is a regular contributor to television and radio features dealing with Islam (and Islamism) and the West. In the UK, his reputation as a 'moderate' has won him praise. Meanwhile, as the grandson of Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Ramadan enjoys a certain status in Islamic circles - as a kind of ambassador for his grandfather's brand of political Islam. So who actually is Tariq Ramadan and what does he really stand for? In this incisive and insightful study of the man, the well-known French writer and journalist Caroline Fourest dissects the public pronouncements of Tariq Ramadan. Drawing on his numerous books, articles and tapes as sources, she demonstrates with chilling clarity that the West has been beguiled by Ramadan's smooth talk. By his doublespeak. Tariq Ramadan has been portrayed as the Murtin Luther King of Islam. This study reveals that he is more the Pat Robertson of a political and reactionary Islam.
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A Short History of Britain

Jeremy Black, 2007
ISBN 978 1 904863 23 6

A Short History of Britain covers an enormous sweep of time - from the mists of prehistory to the present day. And yet, as he surveys the countless years, Professor Jeremy Black - one of the UK's leading historians - never loses sight of his main theme: the trends that have made Britain what it is - exceptional. Not in any jingoistic way, but in the sense that, right from prehistoric times, the geography, the topography, the demography have all moulded the British character and contributed to the way we have evolved and to the way we are now. Of late, there has been a tendency in government and the media to dwell on those aspects of our being that are shared with other countries; but the history of other countries is not our history. And Britain's history readily stands comparison with the history of any other country. With its broadly chronological structure, A Short History of Britain does not shy away from dates, people and events. And, as such, it is a handy work of ready reference. But it is so much more than that. In his trademark pithy style, Jeremy Black brings an extra dimension to the history of our nation: he reminds us vividly what we should cherish about our past and, more particularly, what we are in such grave danger of losing.

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The Slave Trade

Jeremy Black, 2007
ISBN 978 1 904863 22 9

The slave trade was vile. Everybody can agree on that. But was it unambiguously the fault of the Western powers of the time? Was it something for which we should today apologize? The Anglican Church seems to think so, and so do elements of the British government. Does the modern mania for apology and breast-beating, however, not perhaps lead to an oversimplification of matters? In this timely book, published to mark 200 years since Britain took the historic step of abolishing the slave trade, Professor Black grasps the nettle of political correctness. He deftly points out the contradictions and ambiguities of the slave trade: the inconvenient fact that the Arab world played at least as large a part in the slave trade as any Western power, for instance; or the uncomfortable truth that African chieftains were all too willing to sell other Africans to Western and Arab slave dealers. In the light of this, what are we to make of allegations that 'racism' lay at the heart of the slave trade? To whom should the West apologize? Professor Black underlines the degree to which both slavery and the slave trade fulfilled labour requirements in a world in which labour was frequently coerced. Rather than thinking of slavery as uniquely evil, he points out the need to consider it alongside other systems of labour control, such as serfdom. In this fascinating volume, we trace the evolution of the slave trade through the centuries, pausing to examine some of the shifting variables: How did the supply of slaves change as the various cash crops rose or declined in importance? What happened when European manufactured goods entered the African marketplace? Though slim, this is a thought-provoking and fearless book by one of the UK's leading historians. Dealing as it does with slavery around the world, it deserves to be widely read both in Britain and abroad.

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"Scrap the BBC!": Ten Years to Set Broadcasters Free

Richard D. North, 2007
ISBN 978 1 904863 20 5

Broadcasters are corseted and cosseted - it's time to set them free. We need to scrap the TV licence and give broadcast journalists the same freedoms their print colleagues enjoy, argues Richard D. North. It made sense 80 years ago to treat broadcasters as special - but not now. "Scrap The BBC!" is a manifesto for the future of broadcasting. North suggests that broadcasters are crippled by the requirement to be impartial. Instead of being neutered but perpetually dissident, they need the freedom to be partisan and even positive.

"A very stimulating work with some palpable hits at the BBC and how it has cleverly survived in the bearpit of media politics." Professor Sir Alan Peacock, Chairman of the Government Committee of Inquiry into the financing of the BBC, 1986

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Diet Nation: Exposing the Obesity Crusade

Patrick Basham, Gio Gori & John Luik, 2006
ISBN 1 904863 19 1

Does the obesity epidemic require radical countermeasures? Contrary to the obesity crusaders' belief, Diet Nation argues that we cannot overcome the obesity problem through legislation. The crusaders' solutions are blunt, heavy-handed and coercive policy instruments that punish both the producers and the consumers of foods and beverages - the obese, the fat, the slim and the thin - in the unscientific and unethical quest for the poisoned chalice of an obesity-free society. There is a significant cost to the current course of treatment for an illusory disease. But the cost is not merely monetary. The greatest cost will consist in the sacrifice of so many of our hard-won economic and political liberties on the altar of a misguided, unwinnable crusade.

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The English at Table

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Digby Anderson, 2006
ISBN 1 904863 18 3

The modern English congratulate themselves that their food is rather good - they claim that Britain has undergone a culinary renaissance. In The English at Table Digby Anderson surveys England's eating habits and finds that these claims are all nonsense. English food remains as bad as it has ever been. The English at Table documents the awfulness of English food and the shallowness of English food culture. The English at Table is illustrated by The Spectator's cartoon editor, Michael Heath.

Digby Anderson, earning himself the title "England's most violent cook", has written about food for The Spectator, National Review, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, and New York Times. He was also Director of the Social Affairs Unit from 1980 until February 2004.

"Parts of this book really do read as written by a monster".
Leading UK food publisher

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The Politically-Correct Gospel

PC Gospel
Peter Mullen, 2006
ISBN 1 904863 17 5

If the original gospels by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were written today, they would never get published. They are far too politically incorrect.

As part of his ministry, Rev’d Dr Peter Mullen - Rector of St. Michael’s, Cornhill and Chaplain to the Stock Exchange - has felt compelled to compile an updated Gospel that is relevant to the modern age. It is The Politically-Correct Gospel, the only gospel that could find a publisher in our enlightened age. This new gospel is accessible, inclusive and socially-engaged.

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Men of Property: The Very Wealthy in Britain Since the Industrial Revolution

W. D. Rubinstein, 2006
ISBN 1 904863 12 4

Who were the very rich in Britain during the past 200 years? Until recently, surprisingly little was known about them beyond anecdotes and stereotypes. Men of Property, the first book by an historian to examine and analyze who the very rich in Britain really were, first appeared in 1981 and has had a wide influence. It is credited with helping to shape the so-called "Gentlemanly Capitalism" school of economic historians, which has heavily affected our notions of economic growth in modern Britain. Men of Property now appears in a fully updated edition, with new chapters on the very rich in post-war Britain. William D. Rubinstein found that the plurality of the rich in Victorian Britain earned their fortunes in commerce and finance, especially in the City of London, rather than in manufacturing and industry. This study is largely based in a detailed, comprehensive analysis of the probate records of wealth at death, as well as income tax and other objective sources. From these, a full picture has been built up of the occupations, social origins, and career patterns of the very riche in Britain since the early nineteenth century, including both businessmen and the great landowners.

This fully updated edition includes extensive new chapters on the wealthy in the 1940-80 period - when, because of extraordinarily high rates of taxation and other factors, the number of very rich persons in Britain declined sharply - and on the wealthy in contemporary Britain. This last chapter focuses on the remarkable increase in the scale of riches in Britain during the past quarter-century, which occurred at the same time as an increase in general levels of affluence.

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The Open Side of Secrecy: Britain's Intelligence and Security Committee

Anthony Glees, Philip H. J. Davies, & John N. L. Morrison, 2006
ISBN 1 904863 16 7

Britain's spies know very well how to keep their secrets secret. Only nine parliamentarians - the members of the Intelligence and Security Committee - have the continuing legal authority to pry into the most sensitive activities of MI6, MI5 and GCHQ and report back candidly to the Prime Minister on how well the country's intelligence Agencies are performing. Since the Committee was set up in 1994 it has also made sanitised copies of its reports available to Parliament and the public which - when the space between the lines is read by experts - can reveal a great deal.
But how well has the Committee done its job? The Open Side of Secrecy is the first in-depth analysis of the Intelligence and Security Committee's first ten years. It dissects the Committee's successes and failures and suggests ways in which it could become more effective in future. The Open Side of Secrecy is a ground-breaking analysis of Britain's most important intelligence oversight body.

Professor Anthony Glees is Director of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies. He is one of the founding figures of the academic study of intelligence and security issues in the UK.

Dr Philip H. J. Davies is Deputy Director of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies.

John N. L. Morrison progressed through Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS) from desk analyst to Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence and Head of the Defence Intelligence Analysis Staff. He represented the MoD and DIS on the Joint Intelligence Committee and was UK representative to the NATO Intelligence Board. On his early retirement in 1999 he was selected by the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee to be its first Investigator, a position he held until 2004.

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The British Moment: The Case for Democratic Geopolitics in the Twenty-first Century

Manifesto of the Henry Jackson Society, 2006
ISBN 1 904863 15 9

The British Moment is the foreign policy manifesto of a group of young academics based at Cambridge University, the Henry Jackson Society. "The British Moment" calls for a new way of thinking about British foreign policy in the twenty-first century and argues that the time is rife for Britain to play a leading and progressive role in promoting democracy and human rights across the globe. The British Moment's authors argue it is time for Britain to reclaim the noble tradition of liberal interventionism.
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What's Wrong with Liberal Interventionism: The Dangers and Delusions of the Interventionist Doctrine

Roger Howard, 2006
ISBN 1 904863 14 0

On both sides of the Atlantic, the doctrine of "liberal interventionism" has, in recent years, been making inroads in policy making circles. The domestic affairs of one sovereign state, maintain its advocates, are a matter of direct concern to other states, which are therefore justified in actively interfering. "Neoconservatives" argue that the global diffusion of democratic values is in the West's best interests; meanwhile, many among the liberal-left argue that the Western world has a responsibility to uphold human rights in other countries. In What's Wrong with Liberal Interventionism, Roger Howard argues that the core principles of liberal interventionism are not only delusional, but also present clear dangers. He argues that not only are liberal interventionists particularly apt to wholly misjudge a foreign mindset, but they are also inadvertently responsible for fuelling mistrust with rival states - at the very time when this ought to be avoided.
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The Dotted Red Line: Britain's Defence Policy in the Modern World

Jeremy Black, 2006
ISBN 1 904863 13 2

Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Iraq - Britain's armed forces are increasingly required to engage in 'power projection'. Yet for years, Britain's armed strength has been in decline. How can the military do more with less? Can Britain's Thin Red Line remain intact? Or is it already too late? Professor Jeremy Black - one of Britain’s leading historians - employs a number of perspectives as he casts a fresh eye over the main issues of defence: from the eighteenth century, through the Cold War and the double-edged 'peace dividend', to the new threat that is Al-Qa'ida. In this compelling book, Professor Black sounds a reveille - a wake-up call to the political elite and society at large urgently to address (and redress) the imbalance between what Britain's forces physically can do and what the country expects them to do.
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The Muslim and the Microphone: Miscommunications in the War on Terror

S. J. Masty, 2006
ISBN 1 904863 11 6

At home and abroad, the war against terrorism can only be won in two ways - stop young Muslims from becoming terrorists, or get their friends, family and neighbours to inform the police. We are losing that war, and terrorist recruiters are winning - argues S J Masty - because the West bungles its communications to the Muslim world, often by accident but sometimes intentionally due to conflicting objectives. S J Masty, international expert in strategic communications and long-time observer of Islamic affairs, describes why the war is being lost, how Western messages alienate Muslim audiences. He recommends structural reforms in the way Western governments communicate in response to domestic political pressures, and how to improve content to stop making enemies needlessly.

"If you want to know why terrorism all too easily finds favourable terrain read S J Masty's excellent book."

Nick Danziger - author of Danziger's Travels and Danziger's Britain

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From Rushdie to 7/7: The Radicalisation of Islam in Britain

Anthony McRoy, 2006
ISBN 1 904863 09 4

From Rushdie to 7/7: The Radicalisation of Islam in Britain is the first book to offer an authoritative and comprehensive overview of what has led to the radicalisation of Islam in Britain. The book analyses the key events - including the Rushdie, Gulf and Bosnian crises, the second Palestinian intifada, 9/11 and the Iraq War - which have led to this radicalisation.

From Rushdie to 7/7 explains how this radicalisation created the environment for the 7/7 bombings. The book also explains the various religious and ideological bases for Islamic attitudes to jihad and democracy.

From Rushdie to 7/7 also offers a comprehensive overview of Islamic groups in the UK. It explains the different standpoints and histories of groups from the Muslim Council of Britain via the Muslim Association of Britain to Hizb ut-Tahrir and the supporters of Abu Hamza and Omar Bakri Muhammad.

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The European Question and the National Interest

Jeremy Black, 2006
ISBN 1 904863 08 6

In The European Question and the National Interest Jeremy Black – Professor of History at the University of Exeter and one of Britain’s leading historians - offers an alternative, historically grounded, Euro-sceptic account of Britain’s relationship to European integration. He takes the story from the “deep history” of the historical background to Britain’s relations with continental Europe to scenarios for Britain’s future relations with the EU.

The European Question and the National Interest argues that supporters of the European “project” have offered a dubious reading of history to support their assertions about the supposed inevitability - the supposed inherent “destiny” - of further European integration. Those advocating closer European integration have also failed to define - let alone advance - the national interest. He argues that this failure has been particularly acute during the Blair administration.

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Mr Blair's Messiah Politics: Or what happened when Bambi tried to save the World

Richard D. North, 2006
ISBN 1 904863 10 8

Mr Blair’s Messiah Politics: Or what happened when Bambi tried to save the world shows how a personal sense of mission led Tony Blair to concentrate power in his own hands as he re-imagined Britain from top to bottom – before going on to save the world.

In seeking to fight third-world poverty, tackle climate change and topple tyrannies, Blair has framed goals that truly merit the term ‘messianic’.

Blair’s Messiah Politics mixed idealism with ballot-box cunning. Bemused and outwitted, the media became a tool of the PM. New Labour’s careerist party ceded power to the great vote-winner. The electorate was charmed by his disingenuous earnestness. The institutions of state became subservient to the whims of Number 10.

Along the way, we have seen an actor-manager play the ardent campaigner, the world-weary statesman, the Therapist-in-Chief. Manager, missionary, military leader: these roles have all suited Tony Blair.

This book shows us how to avoid a future Tony Blair: the public needs to be sceptical of personal power; MPs need to reassert their authority; Civil Servants need to rediscover their allegiance to the Crown. By these simple measures, we can guard against Messiah Politics, whether Blair’s or anyone else’s.

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Neoconservatism: Why We Need It

Douglas Murray, 2005
ISBN 1 904863 05 1

Neoconservatism: Why We Need It is a vigorous defence of the most controversial political philosophy of our age. In this timely book Douglas Murray explains what neoconservatism is, in theory and practise. He defends it against its critics and explains why – despite the noisy claims of its opponents - neoconservatism is good.

Murray is the first person to make a sustained case for why neoconservatism is relevant to Britain. And neoconservatism, it is argued, is the future not just of the British Conservative party, but of any political party committed to the ideals of freedom at home and abroad.

This book calls for the introduction of neoconservative ideas into British politics, explaining why this is necessary and how it could be achieved.

The early chapters explain neoconservatism’s roots and forebears. A chapter on the Iraq war demonstrates the moral and political vacuum now gripping both left and right in Britain. Finally Murray details what British neoconservatism should look like and why the need for it is so urgent.

Born in 1979, Murray is a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford. His first book, Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas, was published in 2000. Acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic, the book became a bestseller.

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Anti-Totalitarianism: The Left-Wing Case for a Neoconservative Foreign Policy

antitotal.jpgOliver Kamm, Foreword by Martin Bell, 2005
ISBN 1 904863 06 X

Throughout the past century the Left has fractured over the issue of national security. In Anti-Totalitarianism: The Left-Wing Case for a Neoconservative Foreign Policy, Oliver Kamm plots a course for progressive politics by drawing on four pivotal historical debates on the British Left. These episodes comprise: collective security in the 1930s; opposition to Communist expansionism after World War II; the Labour Party’s rejection in the 1980s of its earlier anti-Communism; and President Bush’s ‘war on terror’.

Kamm identifies, running through these debates, an authentic left-wing tradition of militant anti-totalitarianism. Against it, however, there has been a recurring temptation for progressives, critical of their own societies’ failings, to extenuate or even romanticise the ideological opponents of Western liberal democracies.

Kamm criticises left-wingers who instinctively oppose the use of force by the Western democracies. He demonstrates the affinity between their supposedly progressive anti-interventionism and a conservative ‘realism’ (which Kamm terms ‘amoral quietism’) that fails even in its own terms as a strategy for preserving vital interests. Kamm demonstrates that these issues are not new to British political debate, and that the Left is reprising familiar errors. The sole novel feature of left-wing opposition to the Blair-Bush strategy since 9/11 is that an alliance has emerged between different and previously hostile forms of totalitarianism.

Against self-styled realists, Kamm defends regime change in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of an anti-totalitarian struggle with recognisable antecedents in twentieth-century Europe. He argues that the promotion of global democracy accords with the Left’s internationalist ideals of opposition to fascism and clerical reaction. Indeed, the much-maligned term neoconservatism should be seen as a modern variant of traditional liberal internationalism.

Interventionism has recently been a difficult cause to argue in British politics. Kamm expounds it, as Martin Bell notes in his foreword, “with style, dexterity and scholarship”.

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Decadence: The Passing of Personal Virtue and its Replacement by Political and Psychological Slogans

decadence.jpgDigby Anderson, 2005
ISBN 1 904863 04 3

Britain, Europe and the United States are decadent societies in a special sense of that word. They have traded in an old morality that served them well throughout their civilisation for a new, experimental quasi-morality. The old morality had well-known virtues, courage, love, fairness, honesty and prudence. The new ‘virtues’ are equality, anti-discrimination, environmental concern, self-affirmation, a ‘caring’ attitude, and a critical mindset.

The old were genuine virtues; they required specific behaviours of individuals. The new are quasi or bogus virtues. Some, such as equality, are political policies rather than features of personal conduct. Environmentalism is an arena in which virtue may be exercised not a virtue themselves. Transparency in business is a way of revealing virtue not a virtue. Some are slogans: they make rhetorical appeals to moral indignations. Others such as self-affirmation would once have been regarded as a vice.

One of the best known bad exchanges is that of Aladdin’s lamp. Aladdin’s princess wife, not knowing his old, dusty lamp is a magic one is persuaded to exchange it for a bright new one. The exchange of a dusty, old but well-proven morality for a bright, new quasi-morality is an even worse deal. This book shows how good the old one was and how empty the glittering new one is. But there is something worse than the new set of quasi-virtues, and that is the exchange itself. The princess gave away Aladdin’s lamp in ignorance of its magic powers. Our society has given up its priceless set of virtues in the face of ample evidence of their goodness and practicality. Indeed, it may be that it is this very goodness with which society is so uneasy. A shiny bauble morality is so much easier to live with.

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When Students Turn to Terror: Terrorist and Extremist Activity on British Campuses

Anthony Glees & Chris Pope, 2005
ISBN 1 904863 07 8

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Dishonesty at Work

John Taylor & Adrian Furnham, 2005
ISBN 1 904863 03 5

Dishonesty and deceit are increasing in the workplace. Employee theft, it is estimated, is responsible for 30% to 40% of all business failures. In the retail sector theft by staff accounts for an estimated 50.8% of all “shrinkages”.

John Taylor and Adrian Furnham offer employers a guide to minimising employee dishonesty. Taylor and Furnham explain the most important things employers should – and should not – do to prevent dishonesty by their staff. The authors base this advice on their many years of experience. John Taylor is now an independent consultant to international companies and government organisations, having worked for many years in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Adrian Furnham is Professor of Psychology at University College, London and has been acknowledged as the world’s most productive psychologist for the last twenty years.

Taylor and Furnham argue that the way ahead is not for employers to trust their staff less and less. Loyalty is a two way street: employers who show their staff little loyalty can expect less in return. Commitment and loyalty come from the right recruitment – and exit - policies, not from CC TV cameras.

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Rich is Beautiful: A Very Personal Defence of Mass Affluence

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Richard D. North, 2005
ISBN 1 904863 02 7

In the last ten years there has been a torrent of writing which deplores the Western economic model and the Consumer Society. Will Hutton, Naomi Klein, George Monbiot, Joseph Stiglitz and many others have made their names accusing the neo-liberal world of brutalising the well-off and poor alike.

In Rich Is Beautiful: A very personal defence of Mass Affluence, Richard D North takes on this assault and – drawing on a huge range of material – defends Western life. Where it fails, he says, it is because citizens fail in their manners and morals - they are not sufficiently grateful for the great advantages capitalism, industry, science and democracy have brought them.

With great wit, North argues that we fail ‘the system’, ‘the system’ doesn't fail us.

What's more, the Third World needs lots more ‘neo-liberal’ capitalism.

This book also addresses the latest complaints from soft-left ‘liberals’:

  • That we are getting less happy as we get richer;
  • That we are suffering from ‘Status Anxiety’;
  • That we have too much choice.

Richard D. North says this is all nonsense. In the modern world, almost everyone has unparalleled opportunities to live the ‘deliberate’ or the ‘examined’ life, just as philosophers down the ages have hoped we might.

Drawing on movies, TV shows and popular culture - and much hard data too, North powerfully argues that the soft-left ‘liberal’ world of media, academia and politics have created much of the misery they blame on capitalism.

“This book takes on an impossible task. It defends the greed and materialism of the present age and says that it is good - for everybody (what people used to call the Trickle Down Effect, or what I called the ‘Champagne Fountain Effect!’). If you want to see the indefensible argued with vigour, Richard D. North is your man. And he’s funny. He is our very own P J O'Rourke.”

Peter York, co-author, The Sloane Ranger Handbook.

"Logical yet impassioned, utterly politically incorrect yet splendidly right, Richard D. North has broken one of the great taboos of modern society in this inspiring, liberating book."

Andrew Roberts

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Spinning The Spies: Intelligence, Open Government and the Hutton Inquiry

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Anthony Glees & Philip H J Davies, 2004
ISBN 1 904863 01 9

This book is about a major and dangerous failing of government and intelligence at a time of great national crisis. It is also about the failure of the BBC to properly fulfil its role as a public service broadcaster.

The inability to find stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction which members of the intelligence community firmly believed were being amassed in Iraq was Britain’s worst intelligence failure since the Second World War. It continues to haunt the corridors of power, raising grave questions about how intelligence feeds into policy-making in an increasingly fissile world.

Exploiting the unique resource of the published evidence marshalled by the Hutton Inquiry Anthony Glees and Philip H J Davies show how:

  • Tony Blair’s government and Britain’s intelligence community systematically mishandled the use of intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war;

  • The BBC systematically misreported and mishandled the story of Dr David Kelly, one of Britain’s best weapon experts.

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All Oiks Now: The unnoticed surrender of Middle England

Digby Anderson, 2004
ISBN 1 904863 00 0

Once Middle England was as immovable as a rock. It was a minority but a sizeable one. Now, however, as far as public life is concerned, it has surrendered to the oiks

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The Right to Joke

Christie Davies, 2004
ISBN 0 907631 21 5

Argues that those who support the censorship of jokes massively exaggerate their impact

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The Dictionary of Dangerous Words

Compiled by Digby Anderson, 2000
ISBN 0 907631 93 2
150 pages, £5.95

With more than 50 contributors assesses recent cultural change through the change in use of some 200 words, including gentleman, fortitude, patriotism, manliness, marriage, inclusiveness, partner and precautionary.
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Called to Account: The case for an audit of the state of the failing Church of England

Edited by Digby Anderson & Peter Mullen, 2003
ISBN 0 907631 99 1

An attempt by experienced churchpeople, ordained and lay, to comment on the present state of the Church of England across the whole range of its life and practice.

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The War on Wisdom. Wisdom versus expertise in facing life’s problems

Edited by Digby Anderson, 2003
ISBN 0 907631 98 3

Western civilization is built on wisdom, the best that its past generations have thought. That wisdom is now under attack and if this assault succeeds – because Western society is built on wisdom – Western society will, as have all other great civilizations, fall.

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Marketing The Revolution

Michael Mosbacher, 2002
ISBN 0 907631 95 9

After the collapse of the Soviet bloc, capitalism was acknowledged as the only way of organising a sucessful econony, at least for a brief time. But today capitalism finds itself surrounded by a host of new critics. At least these critics appear to be doing something new. They focus on cases of abuse, cases which result allegedly from the actions of particular global corporations: the abuse of the environment, the low pay of workers in the 'South', child labour, and the imposition of lifestyles through brands.

So, how seriously should these critics of capitalism be treated? Marketing The Revolution finds that a good number of the new critics are doing little that is new. Even their emphasis on individual alleged abuses is, at least in part, not a new end but a means to galvanize support for their hatred of capitalism.

The new critics imply, by their recitation of particular abuses and attacks upon particular brands, that they are concerned with the specific abuses. Yet the leading chronicler of anti-branding, Naomi Klein, says:'For years, we in the movement have fed off our opponents' symbols - their brands, their office towers, their photo-opportunity summits. We have used them as rallying cries, as focal points, as popular education tools. But these symbols were never the real target: they were the levers, the handles.'

Even the tactics of the new critics are not original; they are borrowed from modern corporate PR. Take away the heartstring of 'abuse' cases and the second-hand PR and what is left is little more than a crude and entirely negative hatred of capitalism. There is no thoughtful analysis of the system they so loathe, no awareness of how they themselves are part of it, no carefully considered alternative for the betterment of the world.

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Growing up with Advertising

Adrian Furnham, 2002
ISBN 0 907631 96 7

Many factors other than advertising influence young people’s purchasing decisions and many of these are more important than advertising, especially parents and peers.

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Violence, Disorder and Incivility in British Hospitals: The case for zero tolerance

Theodore Dalrymple, 2002
ISBN 0 907631 97 5

The toleration of “minor” incidents of incivility has led to the increase in violence towards doctors and nurses.

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Losing Friends

Digby Anderson, 2001
ISBN 0 907631 94 0
206 pages, £12.95

"One loyal friend is worth 10,000 relatives", said Euripides. Aristotle thought friendship the best thing in the world. Saint Augustine was devastated by the death of a friend, "All that we had done together was now a grim ordeal without him". For men as different as Dr Johnson, Coleridge and Cardinal Newman friendship was a great, moral love. For Cicero it was a foundation of social order. For Burke "good men [must] cultivate friendships". To try to lead a good life on one's own is arrogant and dangerous. In past ages business thrived on the trust of friends; armies won battles on the loyalty of men to their comrades and people were attracted to and schooled in medicine, law and academe by friendship. This friendship of the past was high friendship, a friendship of pleasure but also of shared moral life.

LOSING FRIENDS contrasts this high friendship with the "pathetic affairs" which pass for friendship today. Friendship is in trouble. An institution once as important as the family, has been "diluted to mere recreation...passing an odd evening together...sharing the odd confidence". It is being outsted from business through fear of cronyism and squeezed between the demands of work and the increasingly jealous family. Fathers neglect their obligations to their friends at the club or pub to bath their children. Many of us will have no friends in illness, in need or at our funerals. Bewildered letters to agony aunts ask how to make friends. Schools are absurdly introducing classes on how to do so. Our society has no public recognition of friendship and cannot even discuss it articulately. When it does it sentimentalizes it. Modern society is wealthy, healthy and long lived. Aristotle would ask what the point of such a life is if lived without friends.

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Children & Advertising: The allegations and the evidence

Adrian Furnham, 2000
ISBN 0 907631 92 4
64 pages, £7.50

A survey of over 20 significant studies published between 1967 and 1999 on children as consumers and finds that notions which are still popular in the press, such as ‘pester power’, have long lost any academic credence.
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Overspending in the NHS - an analysis by 5 doctors

Edited by Digby Anderson, 2000
ISBN 0 907631 91 6
64 pages, £7.50

Finds areas of spending in the NHS, other than bureaucracy, which are wasteful or of very limited medical efficacy.
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Good Companies Don’t Have Missions

Digby Anderson, 2000
ISBN 0 90763190 8
28 pages, £6

Examines corporate mission statements and finds many wanting. Too often they ignore the shareholders and speak of the companies ‘obligations’ to myriad stakeholders, often in vacuous and grandiloquent language. Corporations should be honest about their purpose, and extol the very real benefits corporate capitalism has brought.
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The Reform of Criminal Legal Aid: When more accountability means less justice

Jan Davies, 2000
ISBN 0 907631 89 4
28 pages, £6

Examines the recent reforms and finds that they undermine the independence of the legal profession and could lead to the de facto nationalisation of the criminal law. It puts these moves into the wider context of current criticisms of the professions for their alleged elitism and unaccountability. Such criticisms illustrate a failure to understand the nature of the professions and mistake accountability for bureaucratic box ticking.
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American Lessons for European Company Directors: the emerging consensus in corporate governance

Joseph F Johnston, 2000
ISBN 0 907631 88 6
44 pages, £6

Finds that the Anglo-American model of corporate governance is making inroads into Europe. Regulators and corporations in Europe have been forced to accept the greater efficacy of the Anglo-Saxon model both for the firm and for the economy as a whole. The imposition of stakeholder nostrums, either by Brussels or by national governments, would however, reverse this development and have a detrimental effect on the economies of Europe.
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The Case as yet Unheard: Hereditary Peers and the Herditary Principle

Richard D. North & Digby Anderson, 1999
ISBN: 0 907631851
41 pages, £6

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Scot-Free: How England would fare without Scotland

Simon Green, Robert Davies & Michael Mosbacher 1999,
ISBN: 0 90763186X
40 pages, £6

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Green Imperialism: a prescription for misery and war in the world’s poorest countries

Deepak Lal, 1999
ISBN 0 907631 87 8
28 pages, £6

Examines the demands made upon the Third World by Western activist groups, and argues that these organisations, not the multinationals, are the real threat to the Third World and its development.
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The Many Ways of Governance: Perspectives on control of the firm

Martin Ricketts, 1999
ISBN: 0907631843
57 pages, £7.50

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When is a cat fat? A critical look at executive remuneration

Elaine Sternberg, 1999
ISBN: 0 907631827
18 pages, £5

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Not Fit to Fight: The cultural subversion of the armed forces in Britain and America

Edited by Gerald Frost, 1999
ISBN: 0 907631819
80 pages, £11.95

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Another Country

Edited by Michael Mosbacher & Digby Anderson, 1999
ISBN: 0 907631835
200 pages, £20

'Another Country is a collection of 31 essays on subjects of concern to country people - the threat to jobs, livelihoods, culture and traditional leisure pursuits. It is a stimulating and disturbing volume and should be read by all policy wonks, marchers, and armchair members of the resistance.' Spectator
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No Man Can Serve Two Masters - shareholders versus stakeholders in the governance of companies

Joseph F Johnston, 1998
ISBN 0 907631 76 2
31 pages, £6.00

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Corporate Irresponsibility - Is business appeasing anti-business activists?

Robert Halfon, 1998
ISBN 0 907631 78 9
25 pages, £5.00

‘Might provoke a serious debate’ The Guardian
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The Corporation under Siege - exposing the devices used by activists and regulators in the non-risk society

Mark Neal & Christie Davies, 1998
ISBN 0 907631 77 0
123 pages, £9.95

‘Knowledge and scepticism are found in abundance in this publication’ Daily Telegraph
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Stakeholding: Betraying the corporation's objectives

Elaine Sternberg, 1998
ISBN: 0 907631800
34 pages, £6

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Faking It - The Sentimentalisation of Modern Society

Edited by Digby Anderson & Peter Mullen, 1998
ISBN 0 907631 75 4
217 pages, £15.95

‘The more people who read this book the better’ Sunday Telegraph

Come Back Miss Nightingale: Trends in professions today

Edited by Digby Anderson, 1998
ISBN: 0 907631797
110 pages, £11.95

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Unwelcome Truths: Edmund Burke on today’s political conceits

Ian Crowe, 1997
ISBN 0 907631 71 1
26 pages, £6.00

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The Silencing of Society - The true cost of the lust for news

Kenneth Minogue, 1997
ISBN 0 907631 71 8
73 pages, £7.50

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The British Woman Today: A qualitative survey of images in women’s magazines

Edited by Digby Anderson & Michael Mosbacher, 1997
ISBN 0 907631 74 6
88 pages, £7.50

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Loyalty Misplaced - misdirected virtue and social disintegration

Edited by Gerald Frost, 1997
ISBN 0 907631 70 3
125 pages, £12.95

A discussion of the fissiparous tendencies in modern society, suggesting a range of contributory factors
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Biotechnology Regulation - The unacceptable costs of excessive caution

Henry Miller, 1997
ISBN 0 907631 69 X
38 pages, £5.00

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NonSense about Nature

Anthony O’Hear, 1997
ISBN 0 907631 72 X
30 pages, £5.00

‘The definitive work debunking the myths associated with "natural". Farming News

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What has ‘Ethical Investment’ to do with Ethics?

Digby Anderson et al, 1996
ISBN 0 907631 65 7
35 pages, £5.00

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A Balloon Waiting to be Burst? - Pseudomanagement training

Stephen Williams, 1996
ISBN 0 907631 67 3
37 pages, £5.00

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Gentility Recalled - ‘mere’ manners and the making of social order

Edited by Digby Anderson, 1996
ISBN 0 907631 66 5
206 pages, £12.95

‘Addresses some real problems’ The Guardian
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A Code of Ethics for Health Promotion

Michael Kelly, 1996
ISBN 0 907631 68 1
28 pages, £5.00

‘This very important issue’ Daily Telegraph
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A New Diet of Reason: healthy eating and government policy 1985-1995

David Conning, 1995
ISBN 0 907631 64 9
24 pages, £5.00

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False Economies: the true cost of ‘cheap drugs’

Diane B Fairweather & Ian Hindmarch, 1995
ISBN 0 907631 61 4
23 pages, £5.00

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Keeping Cures from Patients: the perverse effects of pharmaceutical regulations

Mark Neal, 1995
ISBN 0 907631 62 2
34 pages, £5.00

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This Will Hurt - the restoration of virtue and civic order

Edited by Digby Anderson, 1995
ISBN 0 907631 63 0
183 pages, £15.95

‘Reflects a strong trend in public debate, a move away from the economic preoccupations of the 1980s to concern for the social fabric… It is a merit of This Will Hurt that the authors confront the difficulties involved.’ Sunday Telegraph
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Take a Little Wine - or Beer or Whisky - for Your Stomach’s Sake

Digby Anderson, 1995
ISBN 0 907631 60 6
32 pages, £5.00

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The Death of Humane Medicine and the rise of coercive healthism

Petr Skrabanek, 1994
ISBN 0 907631 59 2

Medicine is at the crossroads. One way is the traditional humane way, the other way is governments coercing reluctant nations into “healthy” lifestyles.

“An astute critique of modern medical humbug… devastatingly accurate”
The Times (London)

Magic in the Surgery - Counselling and the NHS: A licensed state friendship service

Myles Harris, 1994
ISBN 0 907631 56 8
38 pages, £5.00

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Environmental Alarums: a medical audit of environmental damage to human health

James Le Fanu, 1994
ISBN 0 907631 57 6
36 pages, £5.00

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Who Benefits from WHO? - The Decline of the World Health Organization

Robert Tollison & Richard Wagner, 1993
ISBN 0 907631 55 X
33 pages, £5.00

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Chattering International: how Unicef fails the World’s poorest children

James Le Fanu, 1993
ISBN 0 907631 53 3
23 pages, £5.00

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Reaching for the Counter. The new child consumers: regulation or education?

Adrian Furnham, 1993
ISBN 0 907631 54 1
55 pages, £7.50

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A Phantom Carnage: the myth that low income kills

James Le Fanu, 1993
ISBN 0 907631 517
33 pages, £5.00

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Edited by James Le Fanu, 1992
ISBN 0 907631 58 4

Questions the adage that prevention is better – and more cost-effective than cure across a range of health issues.

Families in Dreamland: challenging the new consensus for state childcare

Patricia Morgan, 1992
ISBN 0 907631 48 7
21 pages, £5.00

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A Future for Anti-Racism

Antony Flew, 1992
ISBN 0 907631 46 0
37 pages, £5.00

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Who Needs WHO? Three Views of the World Health Organization’s Dietary Guidelines

Petr Skrabanek, Mike Gibney, & James Le Fanu, 1992
ISBN 0 907631 49
39 pages, £5.00

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The Loss of Virtue - moral confusion and social disorder in Britain and America

Edited by Digby Anderson, 1992
ISBN 0 907631 50 9
258 pages, £12.95

‘Cogent, brave and timely’ Catholic Herald

Risk, Health and the Consumer

James McCormick & Digby Anderson, 1992
ISBN 0 907631 47 9
20 pages, £5.00

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The Unmentionable Face of Poverty in the Nineties - Domestic incompetence, improvidence, and male irresponsibility in low income families

Digby Anderson, 1991
ISBN 0 907631 42 8
29 pages, £5.00

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Advertising Bans: Consequences for Consumers

Mark Bentley & Mai Fyfield, 1991
ISBN 0 907631 45 2

Discusses the effects of proposed bans not in and for themselves but insofar as they provide an opportunity to discuss more generally the functions of advertising.

Advertising Bans: administrative decisions or matters of principle

John Gray, 1991
ISBN 0 907631 43 6
37 pages, £5.00

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The Secret of the Miracle Economy: different attitudes to competitiveness and money

Richard Lynn, 1991
ISBN 0 907631 41 X
110 pages, £8.95

'Finds only "competitiveness" is significantly connected with economic growth’ Financial Times
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Health, Lifestyle and Environment: Countering the Panic

Published in co-operation with the Manhattan Institute, 1991
ISBN 0 907631 44 4
152 pages, £9.95

‘Suggests that the nation is gripped by a "health panic" generated by often contradictory advice from researchers’. The Times
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Self-Improvement and Social Action

Antony Flew, 1990
ISBN 0 907631 36 3

There are two very different ways in which we may hope to make the world a better Place: through the improvement of ourselves and others as individuals; and through social, mainly government, action. Both approaches are essential but at some times and for some problems one is more relevant, appropriate and productive than the other.

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Consumer Debt: Whose Responsibility?

K. Alec Chrystal, 1990
ISBN 0 907631 39 8
27 pages, £5.00

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Do Animals Have Rights?

Tibor Machan, 1990
ISBN 0 907631 40 1
34 pages, £4.00

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Finding Fault in Divorce

George Brown, 1989
ISBN 0 907631 32 0

Divorce has changed from being a distinctly moral matter with a guilty party, an offended party and consequent stigma, to an administrative arrangement judged by administrative criteria of speed and cheapness of court proceedings.

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Why Social Policy Cannot be Morally Neutral

Basil Mitchell, 1989
ISBN 0 907631 35 5

A society can only be free when its members subscribe to certain common values, the most central of which is a common understanding of freedom itself.

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Set Fair: A gradualist proposal for privatising weather forecasting

Jerome Ellig, 1989
ISBN 0 907631 34 7

A close look at the weather industry reveals that there is little economic justification for reserving this field to government.

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Schooling for British Muslims: Integrated, opted-out or denominational?

Mervyn Hiskett, 1989
ISBN 0 907631 33 9

Develops the argument from the point of view of the British “host” society as well as that of the Muslims.

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Cradle to Grave Comparative Perspectives on the state of welfare

Ralph Segalman & David Marsland, 1989
Published in co-operation with the Macmillan Press
ISBN 0 333470 04 4

Based on comparative research into welfare policies across the Western world and a detailed study of the exceptional case of Switzerland.

Popular Attitudes to State Welfare Services: A growing demand for alternatives?

Peter Saunders & Colin Harris, 1989
ISBN 0 907631 30 4

Draws on evidence collected from interviews with over 500 households in three towns in different parts of England in 1986.

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Drinking to your health: The allegations and the evidence

Edited by Digby Anderson
ISBN 0 907631 37 1
230 pages, £14.95

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The Megaphone Solution Government attempts to cure social problems with mass media campaigns

Digby Anderson, 1988
ISBN 0 907631 28 2

No government can deny itself the tools of modern communication. But it should use them appropriately and carefully.

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Educational Achievement in Japan Lessons for the West

Richard Lynn, 1988
Published in co-operation with the Macmillan Press
ISBN 0 333445 32 5

Analyses how Japan has achieved educational standards which are the highest in the world.

Who Teaches the Teachers? A contribution to public debate of the DES Green Paper

Anthony O’Hear, 1988
ISBN 0 907631 31 2

The essence of good teaching is knowledge and love of the subject to be taught and mastery of the practical skills of teaching. Neither are best learned from the theoretical study of teaching.

Full Circle? Bringing up children in the post-permissive society

Edited by Digby Anderson, 1988
ISBN 0 907631 29 0

The orthodoxy of permissiveness is crumbling and the questions its advocates thought for ever settled in their favour are again open for debate. In the area of child-rearing there may indeed be a need to return part or full circle to the wisdoms which permissiveness sought to replace.

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Caring for the Countryside: Public dependence on private interest

Barry Bracewell-Milnes, 1987
ISBN 0 907631 27 4

The role of government in the countryside should be restricted to encouraging positive initiatives on the part of those most able to recognise what is required.

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Planning Fails the Inner Cities

Donald Denman & Robin Goodchild, 1987
ISBN 0 907631 25 8

Central planning may have been conceived with the best intentions but its essential remoteness from the problems it was designed to tackle meant the theory failed or had unforeseen consequences.

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After Government Failure?

Donald Denman, 1987
ISBN 0 907631 24 X

Public intervention, whether by central or local governments or United Nations agencies has in many cases exacerbated precisely those environmental problems it was designed to alleviate.

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Denying Homes to Black Children: Britain's new race adoption policies

David Dale, 1987
ISBN 0 907631 32 1

Homeless black children are being condemned to needless long periods in institutional care because of the doctrinaire refusal to permit them to be adopted by suitable, caring white families.

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The Christian Response to Poverty: Working with God's economic laws

James Sadowsky, 1986
ISBN 0 907631 18 5

An effective Christian response to poverty should work within economic laws. Solutions which defy economic logic can only create other problems.

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Wealth and Poverty: A Jewish analysis

Jonathan Sacks, 1985
ISBN 0 907631 15 0

Exhibits a balance and sensitivity in its interpretation of a Biblical attitude to poverty which some of the Christian calls to caring lack.

“I want you all to have read it by next Monday”
T E Utley, Daily Telegraph

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The Bible, Justice and the Culture of Poverty: Emotive calls to action versus rational analysis

Irving Hexham, 1985
ISBN 0 907631 16 9

Effective compassion is thoughtful and discriminatory rather than emotive and fundamentalist.

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The Philosophy of Poverty: Good Samaritans or Procrusteans?

Antony Flew, 1985
ISBN 0 907631 17 7

The poor are not helped by an enthusiastic, confused understanding of poverty which ignores the fundamental distinction between poverty and inequality.

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Asian Housing in Britain

Jon Davies, 1985
ISBN 0 907631 13 4

Although there is substantial evidence that Indian and Pakistani immigrants have successfully dealt with the task of providing themselves with decent housing, this success story is insistently ignored.

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Deterring Potential Criminals

Ernest van den Haag , 1985
ISBN 0 907631 14 2

A powerful case for taking deterrence seriously.

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The Wayward Curriculum: A cause for parents' concern?

Edited by Dennis O’Keeffe, 1985
ISBN 0 907631 19 3

The picture the authors paint of the school curriculum is one that will dismay many parents and taxpayers.

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A Diet of Reason: sense and nonsense in the healthy eating debate

Edited by Digby Anderson, 1986
ISBN 0 907631 26 6
150 pages, £9.95

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The Kindness that Kills The churches’ simplistic response to complex social issues

Edited by Digby Anderson, 1984
Published in co-operation with SPCK
ISBN 0 281 04096 6

A devastating attack by a number of prestigious Christian sociologists and economists on the content of Church reports.

Reversing Racism: Lessons from America

Kenneth M Holland & Geoffrey Parkins, l984
ISBN 0 907631 10

The American experience of reverse discrimination is an example that the UK should not be encouraged to follow.

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Category: Discrimination

Trespassing: Businessmen's views on the education system

Michael Brophy, Sir Kenneth Corfield, Kenneth Durham,
Walter Goldsmith, Teresa Gorman, Sir Leslie Porter,
Clive Priestley, GMJ Richardson & Clive Thornton
, 1984
ISBN 0 907631 11 8

Businessmen reflect on their experience as consumers of education’s products

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Action on Welfare Reform of personal income taxation and social security

Hermione Parker, 1984
ISBN 0 907631 09 6

A comprehensive introduction to the system, its manifold faults, the possibilities of and limitations on change.

Home Truths

Malcolm Hoppé, Barry Pearce, Richard Prentice,
Barbara Robson, Ian Robinson & David Marsland
, 1983
ISBN 0 907631 05 3

Housing realities persistently disrupt the housing dreams, schemes and dogmas of local and national politicians.

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Are the Police Fair? New light on the sociological evidence

P A J Waddington, 1983
ISBN 0 907631 07 X

Charts the development of the hostile image of the police in sociology and argues that this image is inaccurate and unfair

Are the Police Under Control?

David Regan, 1983
ISBN 0 907631 06 1

For a complex of reasons many police authorities today exercise ineffective control and influence over their forces.

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Detecting Bad Schools: A guide for normal parents

Digby Anderson, 1982
ISBN 0 907631 04 5

An invaluable guide for all parents who want to know how to find out which of the local schools will be best – and worst – for their child.

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Educated for Employment

Digby Anderson, David Marsland, Bertie Everard,
Marina Oliver, Richard Lynn, John Nisbet & David Maier
, 1982
ISBN 0 907631 03 7

Too many young people arrive on the labour market unqualified and unprepared for work.

Criminal Welfare on Trial

Colin Brewer, Terence Morris, Patricia Morgan & Morris North, 1981
ISBN 0 907631 01 1

Controverts the popular wisdom that reduction of state intervention is not possible in a field which looks initially difficult to contract.

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The Pied Pipers of Education

Antony Flew, John Marks, Caroline Cox, John Honey,
Dennis O’Keeffe, Graham Dawson & Digby Anderson
, 1981
ISBN 0 907631 02 9

State schools are not giving value for money and have lost sight of their central purpose which is to provide maximum learning at minimum cost.

Breaking the Spell of the Welfare State

June Lait, Digby Anderson & David Marsland, 1981
ISBN 0 907631 00 2

A general emphasis on the type and scope of criticism that is needed.

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