IN CASE you missed any of our ten most read blogs of last week, here they are for you again – and well worth the read. Storming ahead at number one:
Meredith Brent: How do the Rolling Stones get away with it?
Margaret Ashworth: Notes from the sticks: A battle with cattle
Anthony Webber: Time to end England’s unfair prescription charges
John Smith: Rebekah Brooks and the woking of News UK
Gary Oliver: Premier League kneels to the BLM tyrants
Andrew Cadman: Once more unto the breach, dear Nigel
Karen Harradine: BLM spreads the virus of anti-Semitism
Edmund Fordham: The Marx Brothers do science
My special pick of the week outside the top ten is Bruce Newsome’s masterly Has the West left it too late to confront China?
If anyone still believes the myth that China either offers the West economic salvation or is moving towards a fairer and freer society ‘given international trade and deference’, I suggest they read this to disabuse themselves.
For too long, Bruce writes, ‘China has manipulated useful idiots, from African despots to Western academics. On Western campuses, Confucian Centres laudably promote Chinese culture, but they also promote propaganda and stamp out independent voices.’
China is a totalitarian technocracy and therein lies the danger – its attractiveness to technocrats who by ‘self-selection, tend to be authoritarians, progressives, and fake liberals – the sort of people who think they know best, and resent checks and balances’.
These are the people who ideologically ‘espouse impossible contradictions, such as authoritarian liberalism and supra-national globalism’ and to whom China is more attractive than America.
Newsome’s plea is that before ‘China’s useful idiots divert us again with fake issues such as “systemic racism”, we be clear about its threats and abuses’.
These encompass gross human rights abuses, plundering of intellectual property rights, worldwide economic imperialism, a dependency into which we in the UK are falling with Huawei’s dominance of our telecomms, and violation of Hong Kong’s status.
Please do make time to read it.
Margaret’s pick of the week is Caroline ffiske’s Schools must own up about porn in sex education lessons.
Caroline seems to be almost alone in her determination to reveal the truth about the mandatory Relationships and Sex Education lessons due to start in September. It is child abuse, plain and simple. It is grooming by another name. This article has some particularly shocking examples of what 13-year-olds are to be taught. It is unbelievable and inexplicable – what is to be achieved by teaching children sexual mechanics that many adults would not want to know about?