Native Stones- A Book About Climbing. In this extraordinary and beautiful book, the poet ... more
David Craig describes his experiences of "the utterly exhilarating and absorbing pursuit-the climbing of steep rock". From the Cairngorms to the Dolomites, the highlands of Cumbria to the sea-cliffs of Cornwall and north Wales, he has tested his nerve and balance on the crags, discovering an intensity of experience and self-awareness that few other activities can offer. David Craig made his first climb at the age of twenty but it was as the father of teenage children two decades later that he discovered the full glories and trials of rock-climbing. His book explains more clearly the lure of an activity that has inspired poets and adventurers for centuries. This copy is in fine condition with a few scuff marks on the dust jacket. The front cover has been price clipped.
Over the last ten years, New Labour has boosted public spending by around a trillion ... more
pounds - that's GBP1,000,000,000,000 of our taxes - over GBP50,000 for every household in Britain. But what have we got for our money? Effective and responsive public services that are the envy of the world? Or the creation of a vast, self-serving bureaucracy that has presided over the greatest waste of money in British history? With so much money, a tsunami of extra cash, being thrown at public services - health, education, policing, defence, social services and public administration - there have been some successes. Nevertheless, the results of the Government's tidal wave of extra spending have been worse than pitiful. In department after department, it is the same sorry story - a triple whammy of incompetence, cover-up and cuts that have all but decimated public services, while those responsible have lavished money and honours on themselves.David Craig exposes the sometimes tragic, sometimes comic story of how New Labour's years of mismanagement have led to a bureaucratization of Britain that has squandered almost unimaginable amounts of taxpayers' money, caused irreparable damage to all our lives and rewarded the man responsible with the keys to Number 10.