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.
Daniel Miller: Wreckage upon wreckage, lie upon lie
Frederick Edward: The papers daren’t bite the Whitehall hand that feeds them
The Conservative Woman: The cruel reality of online ‘school’ in a 12th floor flat
Keith Joyce: Have my friends been taken over by aliens?
Dr Laurence Villard: Why aren’t we taking these simple steps to help beat the virus?
Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack: The squabbling SNP sinks in its own swamp
George Cooper: Sage and the failure of science
The Conservative Woman: Downfall, the Covid version
John Ellwood: Your handy guide to who deserves the jab most
Certain national events allow scribblers like us to reflect on the state of society and to consider what has been gained — or, more often, lost — over the preceding decades. Peter Hitchens chose the state funeral of Winston Churchill and the funeral of Princess Diana to illustrate the great shift in Britain’s moral culture from the 1960s to the 1990s to open his book The Abolition of Britain (1999). Another notable timestamp will no doubt be the next Royal Coronation, as Peter Mullen discussed this week.
The Queen’s Coronation in 1953 was, as Peter writes, was signified by ‘dignity’, ’seriousness’, ‘majesty and true holiness’. And the Britain in which this took place mirrored these expressions.
If the next Coronation — long may it wait — mirrors the Britain of today, it will be a very sorry affair indeed. Peter’s expectations are quite justifiable, if not understood: ‘The Archbishop of Canterbury in her earrings. Elton John. Rock concerts. Perhaps there will be a ‘special’ commemorative edition of Strictly Come Dancing…’
His article is certainly worth a read in full.