It has been a Brexit-dominated week – at the forefront of our readers’ minds and at the forefront of our pages.
We have published some outstanding comments, three from Andrew Cadman on the meaning of what was likely to be, and has turned out to be, the betrayal of Brexit by the political establishment – the Prime Minister, the Conservative Party’s Vote Leave representatives in Cabinet – of whom not one has resigned in principle over BRINO – and the entire political class who have conspired against the people.
What could explain their passion for the undemocratic, bullying and broke latter-day Habsburg Empire that is the EU? That was the question Michael St George posed at the start of the week. His answer boiled down to five words: their fundamental contempt for democracy – and it hit a chord.
The NHS, whose 70th anniversary Mrs May predictably uncritically celebrated along with the massed ranks of the BBC and political class, has much in common with the EU. It is bloated, unaccountable, inefficient, past its sell-by date and, worse, a block to health enterprise and initiative, health responsibility and health improvement – a black hole sucking in the nation’s resources, and ever more dependent on immigrant labour.
Between as well as within these two oppressive behemoths of the NHS and the EU, the gender wars continue apace. Nick Booth, our man on the front line, sent a dispatch which though funny is enough to make you weep about the feminists’ wanton destruction of civility between the sexes.
And if you missed Julie Lynn’s common sense and wisdom on the ghastly ‘gender-neutral’ school uniform debate, read it here and be reassured that, at The Conservative Woman at least, sanity still prevails.
The mainstream media this side of the pond fails utterly in its coverage of the Trump phenomenon. Even Right of centre commentators continue to disparage, ridicule or, worse, view the man through a distorted prism of his unique threat to the world order (because, not unreasonably, he won’t pay Europe’s bill any more). Of the two most consistent voices of reason one is ‘ours’. Niall Ferguson of the Sunday Times should watch his back. TCW’s Campbell Campbell-Jack is snapping at his heels with his objective and well-researched posts. If you did not catch Campbell’s most recent Trump post yesterday, make sure you read it now. Please let us know if anyone elsewhere in the British media has so accurately reported Trump’s popularity march through blacks, Hispanics and Democrats as well as Republicans in the US.
Last but very much not least – the family. I don’t care if we die boring you on the destruction of the family in the West and the role of the Left in this. Ok, our articles on this theme may not be as exciting or ‘of the moment’ as Brexit or indeed climate change lunacies, but they are even more fundamental.
Once there is no family left – which, to be blunt, is what the end of male-and-female marriage means – there is no bulwark against the undemocratic state. That is why we keep banging on about the disproportionate and unfair taxation of the family, as we did again with Nola Leach’s article here. And Bogbrush, and any other libertarians out there amongst our readers, my answer to your comments about state interference is (a) we have a long way to go before we get back to a level (neutral) tax playing-field that is not actively encouraging the atomisation of society; and (b) since society depends on the nurturing of the next generation, which necessarily limits the temporary freedoms of their parents and costs them financially, are you really saying there should be no recognition in the tax system of that?
Until we get that back, don’t expect us to keep quiet.
If you haven’t yet read Laura Perrins’s post ‘Broken families the Left couldn’t care less about’, please find time. This is what you get when an individualised and, yes, selfish society is encouraged through the tax system.
As ever, Laura cuts to chase on the virtue-signalling hypocrisy of the Left, who have done more to separate children from their parents – and continue to do so – through the agency of the State than the American government on the Mexican border. Her post is a must-read.