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.
Laura Perrins: It’s going to get nasty
Victoria Baillon: Why I’d be glad to see Scotland go
Kathy Gyngell: Is Trump right to fight on?
Gary Oliver: Mark Steyn on electoral grand larceny
David Keighley: BBC bias: An open letter to the new director-general
Kathy Gyngell: Hot topic: What Carrie wants, Carrie gets
Kathy Gyngell: Every lockdown ‘true believer’ should watch this
I graduated from university earlier this year and, frankly, I’m glad it’s over. The course itself was fine (though largely pointless), but the debating – which I had looked forward to most – soon became a bore. Too many (political, and liberal) students just aren’t interested in discussing moral questions. Ironically, they hold to their moral ‘truths’ in a more sacred fashion than those few conservatives who exist, or who dare to speak out. Even the ‘Conservative’ societies are, in my experience, packed with liberals (delightful as they may be).
John-Mark Allmand-Smith struck at the core of this issue in his article, ‘It’s a minefield – a conservative student’s lament’. On so-called ‘safe spaces’, John-Mark is quite right: ‘If a ‘safe space’ is a location where you can express a view freely without the fear of discrimination in response, British campuses ceased to be ‘safe spaces’ for conservatives a long time ago.’
Before any such issue can be resolved, it must be understood. This article is a great start, and can be read here.
Kathy’s pick outside the top is Ewen Stewart’s ‘The Government is addicted to spending but there will be a terrible reckoning’. This is a veritable tour de force on the recent history of Britain’s public finances undoing — from the doubling of public debt from £550billion in 2007 to £1,120billion just three years after the Global Financial Crash to even higher levels of financial instability of the current administration’s unprecedented borrowing — an additional £400billion just this year. The policy is built on sand and it cannot end well, Stewart warns, and ‘if we cannot turn the clock back from an ever-growing state, regulation and centralised command and control, the very bedrock of a free society will be fatally undermined.’
How this not the preoccupying topic of the moment beats me. It is as though the establishment is heading blindfolded over the cliff of financial catastrophe.
Margaret’s choice outside the top ten is Peter Mullen’s ‘A priest’s lament for the Church of England he loved’. The plight of the modern church is epitomised in the updated liturgy Peter quoted: ‘The Book of Common Prayer marriage service had the bridegroom say to his bride, “With this ring I thee wed.” As a Priest, I have conducted almost 1,000 weddings and I have never ceased to marvel at the potency and beauty of those words. Six words of one syllable which exactly fill the sacramental moment of his profound promise as he slips the ring on her finger. This has been replaced by the eleven words, “I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage.” A long-winded and complete aesthetic failure. The glory has departed.’