In response to Andrew Devine: Scenes from a culture in decline, Tim Nicely-Thornogson wrote:

I watched a hard-hitting documentary last night on BBC1 called, I think, Down and Out in Andover and Bexhill with Hercule Corbyn. It showed a dreary, shabby and coarse England full of racist, violent white English people. In tonight’s episode I think he’s going to wander around Tottenham showing how life has improved immeasurably simply by listening to David Lammy and his caring chums. Hope it’s as funny as the first episode.

Roy Davey-Jenkins wrote:

A society/culture will always decline when God’s blueprint for stability is binned, and new plans are drawn up based on the limited/sinful musings of man.

Like Andrew I have 5 points:

GB (God’s Blueprint): A family unit comprising of father, mother and any children.
MM (Man’s Musings): A family can be of whatever configuration.

GB: Deterrent sentencing, so that the worse excesses are avoided.
MM: Offenders to be viewed as unfortunates, and treated accordingly.

GB: There is a malevolent spiritual force, and God’s help is to be sought to win the day.
MM: Materialism is all there is, and we’re on our own.

GB: The only true God is the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.
MM: All religions are basically the same.

GB: Do unto others as you would that they do to you.
MM: Look out for number one.

The road to recovery is found by retracing the steps and re-reading God’s blueprint (with the intention of course of then putting it into practice). Progressivism (what an ill-named title!) will only lead us into further decline and eventually high streets as in the photo at the head of Andrew’s post.

Toby wrote:

Here’s another one: ‘Price of plastic bags to double to 10p in all shops as Environment Secretary Michael Gove orders smaller stores to join supermarkets in applying charge’. (Daily Mail) More virtue signalling, petty interference in people’s lives, in this case for the ‘benefit’ of the environment.

Conservatives should +never+ vote for these people.

PierrePendre replied:

Mr Gove is too busy whirling like a weathervane in a tornado over Brexit to have noticed that plastic checkout bags represent about 0.01 per cent of supermarket plastic packaging. No plastic, no supermarkets. Mrs Gove would not be pleased.

The plastic bag ban or charge is as futile ecologically as the overall efforts by EU governments to reduce their carbon footprint, which is already effectively nil in global terms. The measures the Europeans have taken are like putting a drop of ink in a swimming pool and expecting it to change colour.

Gove is indulging in gesture environmentalism. Even the Guardian in its momentary respites from hysteria admits that the seas allegedly being clogged by discarded plastic are on the other side of the world.

I don’t know who thought up plastic bag charges or even if it was a European but I bet he had the soul of a Europhile.

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