‘THE establishment pays lip service to Christianity, parading on special occasions in cathedrals and producing “safe” Christian programmes such as Songs of Praise. But when it runs into unabashed Christianity prepared to deny progressive pieties, the mask slips. There is growing alienation between Christians holding a biblical worldview and the establishment in our increasingly secular society.’
So opened Campbell Campbell-Jack’s post on the unprovoked arrest of Oluwole Ilesanmi, a North London street preacher, under the Public Order Act. While most commentators had focused on the initial attempt to stop Mr Ilesanmi from preaching, Campbell-Jack observed that the most chilling aspect of the arrest had passed unnoticed:
‘As the police handcuff and arrest Mr Ilesanmi, they rip his Bible from his hands. Mr Ilesanmi pleads, “Don’t take my Bible away. Don’t take my Bible away.” The police officer replies, “You should have thought about that before being racist!”.’
If you missed it you can read his full post, Bible snatching police confirm their anti-Christian agenda, which was TCW’s most-read post of the week here.
Democracy, Soubry-style, Laura Perrins’s send-up of Ms Soubry’s mathematical verve if not nerve in claiming non-votes as closet Remainers was second most-read. No wonder Laura’s ‘That’s democracy, Remainer style’ provoked much hilarity and alternative counting tricks from our sharp-as-a-whip readers.
Third up in our own numbers stakes was Nick Booth’s spoof of the ‘egg white supremacist’ attack on Jeremy Corbyn, ‘Does Owen Jones deserve an eggsplanation?‘. He deserved to be shown up and we deserved a laugh. Don’t miss it – it provides for both.
Next up on our most-read list, a warning to Theresa May’s leadership rivals from Laurence Hodge. His analysis of their party popularity trendlines is telling – loyalty to May hasn’t and won’t pay off whether you are a Cabinet retainer or nominal Brexiteer. His breakdown of how Theresa’s tainted ones fall further behind in the leadership stakes can be read here. Current Cabinet members would do well to take note. It is not just our readers who won’t forgive them, it’s what’s left of their own Conservative Party membership.
Although not published until Friday, Robert James’s post on knife crime, We’re at a fork in the road to hell made it into our top five most-read posts of the week. Cutting through the big talk and blame game he writes that the establishment has no intention or expectation of solving the knife crime problem. Why? Because ‘it is forbidden even to talk about the real causes of the problem, almost all of which have been caused by so-called progressive politics, to the ideas of which all main British political parties subscribe’.
It is, in my view, the most significant comment made anywhere this week about ‘our fraying civilisation’. If you haven’t yet read it, do.