I WATCHED Mark Steyn on GB News on Thursday night to see what he had to say on the Ukraine mess we have got ourselves into. Not only was he on form, but his interview with historian David Starkey was pure gold:
‘Putin understands force. We don’t. We have lived in a myth since the Second World War; because we imagined in the West that it didn’t need force; that force was ‘nasty’. So what do we do? Spend 80 per cent of our revenues on welfare, health, pensions; while the fundamental one that keeps us safe shrinks to tiny little sums. We are at his mercy, it is as simple as that. We have thrown away the only weapon they understand – which is force.’
The phrases kept coming from Starkey like bullets:
‘People say it is as bad as 1936. It is worse. In 1936 Britain was a great empire. It had vast armed forces. It had the world’s largest navy. Now – we are puny.’
I couldn’t stop myself tweeting:
and on this, Starkey’s summation of Biden:
The Steyn-Starkey analysis of our self-indulgent, narcissistic culture and the choices it has made that have led to our scarily weak presence in the world is bang on. So too is their historical analysis. It left me wondering where we might have been now had these two men been regular fixtures on our so-called national broadcaster over the last 25 years instead of the weak, woke, culture of complaint commentators we have been beset with daily.
Thank God that GB News is starting to change that. May the force be with them.
You can listen to the first interview section here:
Steyn gave Starkey another hearing later in the programme, before interviewing war hero and military historian Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley on the weakened state of the West’s armed forces, on which he wrote for us too yesterday. We will quote from both of these interviews tomorrow and link to the whole programme for you to watch.