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Our round-up of the best, most pertinent and amusing comments of the week that have caught our eye.

In response to Graham Wood: The re-opened Church must reform or die

Reuben Wade wrote:

It is the hierarchy of managerialist clergy masquerading as good shepherds that have led the church, through its clergy, into a state of disrepute that has all but killed it. ‘Ye hypocrite’ was a charge often levelled by Jesus at his antagonists, and demonstrates that hypocrisy is about as anti-Christian a quality as a man can possess. People in general despise hypocrisy too.

Christianity is a demanding religion. It is not easy to love one’s neighbour, let alone one’s enemies. When priests demand moral behaviour from Christians but fall into immorality themselves, or endorse it for special-interest groups, then the charge of hypocrisy sticks. The church is a moral institution, or should be. ‘Do what I say, whilst I do different’ simply infuriates people. Hypocrisy practised by the ‘officer class’ of a church is fatal to the moral project, but is what we have had. It does not take much of it to break people’s trust.

The church needs churchmen who are examplars of moral strength, not depraved weaklings and hypocrites for whom exceptions are made. It is neither ‘forgiving’ nor ‘loving’ to allow such people to drag down a church. They should be booted out, in the same way that rotten timber is cut out of a building before it infects and destroys the whole structure.

In response to Chris McGovern: Last rites for the integrity of public exams,

Ken wrote:

What this suggests is that we don’t need examination boards – so let’s scrap them and save a lot of money. Teachers can just guess the grade their student deserves, and we can maintain the amazing growth in top grades that our kids deserve.

Over the years, I have interviewed graduates from across Europe and have consistantly noticed the deterioration in quality of UK graduates. We reached a point where we would only consider Oxbridge graduates and maybe 2-3 others, subject to winning a high award in a challenging discipline. My daughter will be going to secondary school in a few years, I think I will have to find one that teaches to the International Baccalaureat.

In response to Henry Getley: English remastered

DespiteBrexit wrote:

I first came across this many years ago in the States when a business contact told me it was becoming unacceptable to use ‘master-slave’ for the relationship between individual machines in certain computer architectures. I remember sniggering to myself at how mad American culture could be.

I am not laughing now.

In response to Gary Oliver: At last, pride in Britain’s great history,

Cameron Smith wrote:

Pride in British history is fine and good for warming the patriotic cockles but it isn’t the root of patriotism. That is about belonging. I don’t love my country because of pride in this or that historical achievement. I love my country simply because she is MY country. I am part of her and she is part of me.

In response to Kathy Gyngell: Lecturer falls foul of university’s Faculty of Thought Policing,

Aberrant_Apostrophe wrote:

I always thought a person who was accused by someone else of an offence was entitled to face their accuser? How wrong I was.

Anyway, it’s interesting that it just took a simple enquiry from a legal person for the university to drop the investigation. Sounds like they realised they were on shaky ground. Perhaps it’s time to use the woken brigade’s tool, i.e. lawfare, on them?

K Broad wrote:

I got threatened with disciplinary proceedings for saying I thought Donald Trump might win the next presidential election and if the democrats wanted to stop him they might like to pick a better candidate. The whole university system is nuts, anybody who is slightly to the right of Pol Pot just keeps their mouth shut if they have any common sense. The support staff who are a bit more normal used to shut the door before telling me any jokes. There is an atmosphere of fear and it does need sorting.

Dave  wrote:

There is no choice but to fight this new authoritarianism sooner or later. Those who think it can be placated are doing what Churchill described as ‘feeding the crocodile in the hope that it will eat him last’.

In response to Paul Homewood: Will the Met Office retract fake rainfall record claim?

I’m Old Fashioned wrote:

The big headlines about supposedly unprecedented weather events have certainly served the Met Office very well. Despite already having a massive amount of computing power at their multi-million pound purpose-built power base in Exeter, they have managed to successfully lobby the government to give them £1,200,000,000 to spend on a new Cray supercomputer. The claim that this will give a small island off the coast of Europe the most powerful computer in the world, dedicated to weather analysis and forecasting, suggests very strongly that the Met Office is now predicated and managed as an agent for globalism, rather than as a national institution, as we are all still pursuaded to regard it, even though the bill for this will be paid entirely by British taxpayers.

It’s the perfect model for a scam. The more unpredictable the weather can be claimed to be, the more money we are expected to throw at the organisation which declares it so. For the Met Office, success at forecasting would mean making do with what they already have, so the more they fail the bigger the inward investment. Crazy perverse incentive.

In response to Will Jones: Why lockdown is useless: The case for the prosecution,

Mistikin wrote:

There is also the point that key workers in non caring roles – the supermarket or petrol station cashiers, the bus drivers or the Amazon couriers – did NOT drop like flies.

UKCitizen wrote:

They have a taste for it now and we put up little if any fight against it.
I would suspect that this will now be a regular event as they return us to the Stone Age for the green agenda.

Nockian wrote:

It’s a moral issue. It’s not a matter of proving its veracity. Removing the rights of peaceful people is an act of tyranny. A Government has no more rights than the people it’s supposed to serve, the agreement of the Governed is contingent on that principle.

Once the Government acts tyrannically it erases its legitimacy to Govern. It does not matter if this is a short temporary hiatus, or an indefinite period, because it has committed a crime. A crime cannot go unpunished, for if it does, then forget justice, it’s every man for himself. This Government has ripped up the principles of law, justice and freedom and we will all pay the price in a societal collapse that is already beginning on our streets.

It’s no different to an unpunished murder, there is no excuse for murder. If we can excuse the murder of one person on the grounds that the Government carried out the murder in an official capacity, then we condone murder as a valid method to solve all disputes.

Toby replied:

Important point.

In ordering businesses to close, they have assumed a right of ownership that is not theirs. If they can order you to shut down at the drop of a hat, do you really own your business any more?

In talking about ‘vaccinating the UK population’ they clearly view individuals as though they are a herd of livestock that belongs to them, much as a farmer would.

The same kind of thinking is evident in the concept of ‘presumed consent’ whereby the state can help itself to your organs.

We are now a very long way from the democratic idea of a government ‘working for us’.

In response to Duncan White: An ordinary voter’s plea to the Prime Minister,

LordOfMisrule wrote:

Despite all the excellent points it raises, the letter will go straight into the bin. These arrogant politicians do not take kindly to being held to account by the little people. Expect Gauleiter Hancock to announce soon that we have to be muzzled every time we leave the house.

John__Andrews replied:

The virions are 0.12 of a micron across, whereas the pores in a cloth mask are 0.1mm to 0.5mm (100-500 microns). So 800 coronavirus virions can sail through the smallest pore shoulder-to-shoulder.

This isn’t about protecting us, it’s about whether they can force the population to accept blatant lies. If we do, they will have proven that they control a tyranny.

IwasGnarth replied:

As somebody here observed, ‘like making mosquito nets out of chain-link fencing.’

In response to Andrew Devine: The school that tried to end racism where it didn’t exist,

 David wrote:

Basically these Marxist ‘inspired’ academics hate the west and the white people who, in countless previous generations, created it. They are disconnected from reality and intellectually drunk on false theories. Some of them enjoy creating divisions, which is evil.
We should all stop being polite to these destructive people and forcefully reject their ideas, their theories, their practices. Indeed if they persist propagating their poisonous doctrines, then we will be forced to reject them.

LoveMeIamALiberal wrote:

Unconscious bias testing and training is junk science: most people who take the test achieve materially different results when retested, there’s no evidence that test scores correlate with behaviour, nor is there any evidence the training programmes work (they may work things worse). Jordan Peterson has explained this several times: 

This has now become part of the race huckstering industry and lots of people are making a good living from it, so they have a vested interest in making sure it continues and expands.

Andrew Devine wrote:

Tried to share this article in the UK conservatives online Facebook group but they rejected it. Many ‘conservatives’ don’t want to hear a conservative objection to Neo Marxism being pushed on children.

In response to Geoff Hill: How lack of electricity is forcing Africa’s poor to seek the urban dream

 paul parmenter wrote:

Thank you Geoff for these graphic pictures of African life, which give us an insight we are never likely to have from the mainstream.

They have led me to an uncomfortable thought. In Britain right now we have political zealots trying to replace our energy systems but with no clear alternatives yet emerging that look like having any chance of delivering comparable capacity at comparable costs. At the same time (and quite likely not a coincidence) British culture is being systematically dismantled but again with no clear alternatives yet emerging that look like having any chance of delivering comparable standards.

Given the high likelihood of increasing migrations of people from Africa to the UK, I wonder if your description of life for ordinary people in Africa today will bear a close resemblance to life for ordinary people in the UK tomorrow.

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