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Dan Snow – the Daddy of all liars


Isn’t it time we applauded the bravery of TV star and history-denier Dan Snow and his decision to rewrite the past?

In case you missed it, Snow took to social media to share a humble-brag moment he’d thought up while taking his daughter round a museum. He lied in order to big up the role of women in World War II.

If you’re Left-wing, it’s no longer enough to take your kids out. A ‘narrative has to be pushed’, so that your Left-wing values can ‘win the conversation’. (Seriously, I didn’t make these phrases up. I’m quoting a bloke I know who edits scripts for topical TV and radio comedy shows. Left-wing gags only, of course. Ever wondered why satire isn’t funny any more?)

Snow’s daughter, poor thing, needs her privacy protecting, so we shall refer to her as Value-Signalia. In the story, young Val asked her dad why no women Spitfire pilots were mentioned in the exhibition.

As a historian, this is where Dan Snow might have excelled, giving her the naked truth about Britain’s shameful history of patriarchal hegemony. Surely that would have helped Val understand our links to the past and how we’ve changed as a society.

But no. Instead of taking the opportunity to educate his daughter (in the sense of encouraging her curiosity) Snow sensed a better opportunity. Blimey, he thought, there’s a self-aggrandising humble-brag opportunity here.

And so, shortly afterwards, he was back worshipping at the nearest glowing screen, feeding his offering to the Gods of Approval. His story was about how he was forced to lie to his daughter about female representation in the front line of a World War in the early half of last century.

Naturally, he adopted the guise of guilty parent forced to do something terrible for a noble cause. He stopped short of using the phrase ‘Am I being unreasonable?’ but it was still a self-pity cornball dripping with schmaltz.

He baited the tale with fake humility. And what happened next may surprise you. The history-denying approval junkie was rewarded with the dopamine overdose he was seeking. The Guardian even ran a piece on his brave decision to ignore his daughter’s education in favour of Moral Grandstanding.

As we’ve noted before: the children of middle-class Left-wing parents say the most profound things. Completely unaided, of course.

Grrrrr. If only all these Right-wing people could be rounded up and put into camps. They’ve learned nothing from history.

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Nick Booth
Nick Booth
Nick Booth is a freelance writer.

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