In Defence of Aristocracy

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Sir Peregrine Worsthorne, one of Britain's most influential and respected political commentators, argues that Britain's aristocracy has contributed mightily to its stability and prosperity. And yet it is being politically written out of the national story, with the result that soon there will be no hereditary peers in the House of Lords. The disestablishment of the peerage will bring cheers to the lips of many, but in this passionately argued and highly original essay, Worsthorne argues that Britain once had an upper class which was the envy of the world, and which, crucially, had built-in authority and ancestral wisdom honed over three centuries.

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Sir Peregrine, 79, is one of the most distinguished and outspoken editors of recent times - he worked at the Daily Telegraph between 1953 and 1961 and for 28 years at the Sunday Telegraph between 1961 and 1989, spending five years as deputy editor and three as editor. He was knighted in 1991.

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‘A remorseless tease of the new bien-pensant, egalitarian Establishment and a serious critique of how that Establishment might be improved’ John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph

‘Compelling and beautifully explained ... interesting and important’ Andrew Marr, Daily Telegraph

‘Peregrine Worsthorne ... has long been our most elegantly provocative journalist ... lively and fascinating ... if his book had been twice as realistic it would also have been only half as much fun’ Mail on Sunday

‘Elegant and often highly amusing ... entertaining’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Sir Peregrine is a romantic ... we should admire his intention and welcome an essay whose style is so reminiscent of the man’ Spectator

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