It has been quite a week or two. Somewhere in between watching people punch each others lights out in a Tesco superstore over the right to buy an enormous flat screen TV, the constant push to have women trained to kill in hand to hand combat, yet at the same time the trashing of the right of new mothers to bond with their baby, I am beginning to think, things are beyond salvation.
It is now progress, we are told, to have women throat slitting on the front line with the men, but very bad if they are caring for their children at home. This is madness, not to mention a callous disregard of the female desire to nurture and care. Happily, however, all is not lost as. We have just marked the first Sunday of Advent.
Advent is a time for preparation, and I don’t mean the shopping sense (although I will, of course, have to do some of that). It is a time when we prepare for the birth of Christ – someone who did not think much of throat slitting, but was quite big on nurturing.
Advent can inspire people to truly find the meaning of Christmas. There are many people out there who will not spend it getting hopelessly drunk and feeling up the secretary in the coat cupboard.
Some will avoid alcohol for the whole time, others set aside ten minutes a day for some prayer. In this spirit I am giving serious consideration to avoiding at least the Today programme until the New Year (I never listen over the holiday anyway).
The Today programme frequently sends me into a mini-rage every morning while getting the children’s breakfast. The endless, shameless and self-serving interviews given by politicians are enough to destroy any feeling of calm.
Things are great – they tell us – even as the national debt continues to climb. A new mother should not be spending time with her newborn – she should be back at work for sake of ‘gender equality’. Not for the sake of her child, mind. Mothers should be separated from their babies just so some feminist somewhere can add a ‘new mum in the workplace column’ (where it is at) instead of at home (where it seems it decidedly is not). On and on it goes, the limitless selfish idiocy that is the liberal agenda.
As this is the season of goodwill and listening to these people swiftly extinguishes any feelings of goodwill I may have, it is perhaps time to switch off. There are plenty of other news sources to ruin my festive season in any case.