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Peter Hitchens
Peter Hitchen
Peter Hitchens is a columnist for the Mail on Sunday, a broadcaster when allowed to be by what he calls the Liberal Elite and the author of 'The Abolition of Britain' (1999) and 'A Brief History of Crime' (2003).

He describes himself as a cultural and moral conservative, but advises left-liberals (most of whom have never met a conservative they don't despise) not to jump to conclusions. For instance, he opposed the recent war on Iraq, a view reinforced during a recent visit to Baghdad, and is a keen advocate of the full renationalisation of Britain's railways.

Yes, he was a Trotskyist once and, unlike many politicians, makes no secret of this, but points out that he gave it up nearly 30 years ago. He was also a member of the Labour Party and at one stage joined the Tories in the hope that he might persuade them to think. He was disappointed.

He is now at work on a book entitled 'How to Change Your Mind'.

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