Saturday, October 05, 2013

Daily Mail demonisation and the hypocrisy of Mehdi Hasan



There has been a lot of fuss recently over whether the Daily Mail was wrong to assert that Marxist academic Ralph Miliband (father of Ed and David) hated Britain. This has led to a wider debate of whether the Mail is a force for good or evil in the world.

These are matters of legitimate debate, and it is good to live in a country where that debate may take place.

On those two specific questions, His Grace is of the view that what Ralph Miliband uttered when he was a teenager ought not to be taken as life-long prejudice. Except to say that Miliband Snr in much later life regretted the British victory in the Falkland Islands. Presumably, therefore, he supported the Argentinian military dictatorship, and thereby opposed liberty, justice, democracy and self-determination for the Falklanders. That doesn't sound very patriotic, does it?

And for as long as the Mail is producing front-pages like THIS and THIS, it is difficult to deny that goodness exists in its campaigning motives and moral pursuits.

However, the Left loathe the paper, and Mehdi Hasan succinctly and eloquently explained why on Question Time this week. Specifically, he says it is "immigrant-bashing, woman-hating, Muslim-smearing, NHS-undermining (and) gay-baiting".

The Mail then leaked a letter which Hasan had written to Paul Dacre in 2010 in which he applied to be a Daily Mail columnist. Tim Shipman tweeted the sycophantic contents (though His Grace would like to make it clear that there is nothing wrong per se in a freelance journalist selling his wares door-to-door, or in a part-time-job application being mildly sycophantic).

But the most important sentences concern his support for the Mail's social values and its moral worldview. Omitting the fawning, Mehdi Hasan basically wrote the following letter:
Dear Mr Dacre,

I'd very much like to write for your newspaper as I think it would be fun. I am more in tune with the Mail than the Left on some social & moral issues.

Although we don't agree on everything, I am attracted by the Mail’s social conservatism on issues like marriage, the family, abortion and teenage pregnancies.

My fellow leftists and liberals have lost touch with their own traditions and with the great British public.

Gizzajob.

Lots of love,

Your mate (hopefully),

Mehdi.
Now, there are those on the Left who will assert that that the Mail's righteous quest to limit abortion amounts to 'woman-hating': one may not seek to impinge upon female autonomy without being misogynistic. And there are those who will say that its advocacy for marriage and the traditional family is 'gay-baiting': one may no longer defend the uniquely procreative potential of heterosexual union without being homophobic.

Hasan's anti-Mail polemic is a public diatribe against elements of the very social conservatism that, in private, he supports. He opposes homosexuality and abortion. He purports (of course) to do so without 'woman-hating' or 'gay-baiting', but hating and baiting are very much in the eye of the beholder. Paul Goodman at ConservativeHome mistakenly sees this in left-right terms. It is not: it is entirely possible to be a right-wing social liberal or a left-wing social conservative.

What it is not possible to be - at least with any integrity - is someone who decries the Daily Mail's social values in public but lauds them in private.

Isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?

49 Comments:

Blogger Nick said...

I didn't watch the QT programme as I generally avoid anything on BBC these days, but I can imagine the rapturous applause from the Liberal PC audience that is now a static feature of the programme.

It just shows that where money and ambition are concerned, many politicians really have no principals, or at least, they happily flush them down the pan when it suits them.

Indeed, for any Muslim to part of the Labour party must pose a moral dilemma for them, as the two mindsets are at opposite ends of the spectrum on issues such as sexual morality. They (muslims) are probably attracted by Labour's indulgence of this "persecuted, vulnerable, cuddly minority", and of course the parties love of stripping the nation of Chrisitan identity in preparation for the sell-of to Brussels.

5 October 2013 at 10:55  
Blogger Uncle Brian said...

Might it be just remotely possible that Mehdi Hasan’s later vituperations against the Mail were triggered, at least in part, by the letter he presumably must have received from Paul Dacre, telling him something like, “Sorry, Mehdi, but the answer is No. Maybe some other time.”

But in that case it wouldn’t just be hypocrisy, it would be pettiness and peevishness as well. His personal resentment could well be partly justified, to the extent that his professional qualifications would certainly be up to scratch for a job at the Mail. But, even so, grown-ups try not to let personal resentments encroach on their objective judgements. Is Mehdi Hasan a bearer of grudges and nurser of grievances?

5 October 2013 at 11:18  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

An interesting fellow. He’s not going to get far in the Labour party by opposing abortion, and he knows it. Still, the muslims will eventually split from Labour and join Respect in the not too distant future, when they understandably want inner city constituency MPs to be from their own. One does think then we’ll be seeing more of him in Parliament...

5 October 2013 at 11:31  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

"The Mail then leaked a letter which Hasan had written to Paul Dacre in 2010 in which he applied to be a Daily Mail columnist."

Ouch

5 October 2013 at 11:34  
Blogger Belsay Bugle said...

Is this an example of the kind of little weasel involved in 'politics', and why people despise them so much?

5 October 2013 at 11:51  
Blogger Belsay Bugle said...

And by the way, the Mail didn't 'leak' the letter. It was the recipient and is entitled to do what it likes with the letter, as is the weasel with the Mail's reply.

5 October 2013 at 11:53  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Mehdi a hypocrite, Your Grace? How can this be when he occupies the moral high ground?

‘We know that keeping the moral high-ground is key. Once we lose the moral high-ground we are no different from the rest, of the non-Muslims; from the rest of those human beings who live their lives as animals, bending any rule to fulfil any desire.’

It turns out that our Mehdi is quite fond of the animal metaphor, describing the ‘kuffar, the disbelievers, the atheists’ as cattle.

5 October 2013 at 11:57  
Blogger Belsay Bugle said...

Hasan is the acceptable face of Islam in Britain; the advance guard for the coming takeover.

Don't run away with the idea he has no principles just because he lies to the Kuffar (sp?).

In his world view we infidels are not worthy of the truth. He reserves his principles for Islam.

5 October 2013 at 11:57  
Blogger bluedog said...

A courageous post, Your Grace, and worthy of a fatwa. Keep up the good work!

5 October 2013 at 12:00  
Blogger gentlemind said...

I am a big fan of the Mail on Sunday. I do not necessarily always like the way they choose to articulate their values, but those values themselves are sound.

Caricatures are exaggerations. Exaggerations draw our attention to subtleties. Caricatures exist to draw out subtle truths. The "left-wing" caricaturization of the Mail draws out debate, from which we are confronted with truths. Long may it continue.

5 October 2013 at 12:02  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Excellent links, Mr Rottenborough. One does marvel at how the secular and largely atheist Labour party and the religious supremist muslim with his inherent control over peoples lives have managed to make common cause thus far...

Is that the sound of metal buckling...

5 October 2013 at 12:20  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Goodness! Well, I hear from Mr. Bold that the Mad Mehdi also applied for the job of fashion editor on The Jupiter. Mr. Bold gave me a sneaky-peek at the letter of application:
"Dear Mr. Bold, I think I can bring fresh insight into the world of Barchester fashion. The crinoline has had its day (admirable though it is for concealing small groups of dwarf jihadists) as has the bustle (does my bomb look big in this?) so I would suggest the Burqa and the hijab as modest alternatives? Yours etc etc '

Mr. Bold said he was not impressed.

5 October 2013 at 13:11  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

@ OoIG (12:20)—The Muslim is happy to co-opt any useful idiots who happen to pass his way. To his delight, he finds that Western intelligentsia provides an endless supply: the Church, politics, the press, broadcasting, the universities…

5 October 2013 at 13:39  
Blogger Uncle Brian said...

(does my bomb look big in this?)

Goodness gracious, such language, and from a bishop's wife, no less! Really, Mrs P., not in front of the servants, if you please!

5 October 2013 at 13:44  
Blogger Nick said...

Mrs Proudie of Barchester:

"does my bomb look big in this?"

Mrs Proudie, I hear that the dresses of some ladies are so voluminous they can conceal an entire jihadi batallion, leaving room under the bonnet for a large IED. Have you looked under yours recently?

5 October 2013 at 13:48  
Blogger Elby the Beserk said...

Mehdi on us Kuffars. I gather that he has defended this, stating that it has been taken "out of context". Really?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4hpfqFt-0Q

5 October 2013 at 14:00  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Gentlemen, I assure you nothing gets through my bombazine...

5 October 2013 at 14:02  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

But it is curious, is it not, that after all the goings on in Khartoum with poor General Gordon that the Mad Mehdi surfaces on Question Time?

5 October 2013 at 14:04  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Yes, as has been said, a necessary and courageous post.

I too marvel at the strange grouping of Islam with the largely secular, atheist Labour Party. It has to be though merely a alliance of convenience. One thinks of comparisons with WW2 Russia and the western Allies.
The Inspector is , as so often, right I believe, in that soon inner city Muslims will want their own distinctive party, it may be Respect or something else, I don't know.
One possibility is that pan-european international Islamic alliances could come into being, which may then, in turn, trigger other identities that cross national boundaries being created as counterbalances, say Democrats, or Christians using the word loosely, or Secular Democrats as in some form of Humanist grouping. Who knows but what we have is unlikely to be stable long term.
Whatever happens I have more faith in us being able to adapt well, as a society, if we can function as a national democracy, than if we remain trapped in an expanding, ever more bossy EU structure, and cease to exist politically as a nation state - perish the thought !

5 October 2013 at 14:26  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Nick,

Like you I avoid the BBC nowadays except for the occasional wildlife program. All the rest is spin, half truths and truth avoidance, not quite lies of course, but certainly not the full truth and never, ever balanced !

Regarding broadcasting, I feel as if I am being mugged annually, for a License Fee, and effectively disenfranchised by nothing broadcast, ever, taking my views into account, if disenfranchised is an appropriate word for such disengagement.

Those of you who glance at The Telegraph may have noticed it's very obvious editorial policy of these last few weeks of only ever showing photos of Farage, not looking his best, and often looking very strange indeed, even when the article itself is not so jaundiced. The subliminal message is, UKIP is for idiots, look at its leader. I think that it will backfire as it's readership are not so utterly naive as to fail to spot the all too obvious pattern. Oh how the establishment is utterly desperate to prop up the ailing three party political system and keep us as serfs of Brussels.

5 October 2013 at 14:39  
Blogger Nick said...

David H

I agree that the media have failed to grasp the fact that UKIP is on the rise and speaks for a wide range of people young and old who desire us to be free of our EU shackles and restore a sense of identity as a nation.

As you say, this media ploy is likely to backfire. The media often has about as much credibility as mainstream politicians. In short people are not so easily brainwashed ss they think.

5 October 2013 at 15:15  
Blogger Uncle Brian said...

Your Grace,

In case any communicant has not yet had time to read the cover story in this week’s Spectator, John Allen is giving away free of charge Chapter One of his new book, The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution.

The first step is to go to his National Catholic Reporter column here:

http://ncronline.org/blogs/all-things-catholic/council-cardinals-pope-interviews-assisi-francis-mystic-and-war-christians

Second step: a little less than halfway down you will find this:

Readers can find a cover story I wrote for the U.K.-based Spectator based on the book here.
Meanwhile, here's a sample chapter of the book.


Click on that last bit and it will take you to the free download. But be warned: it’s an eye-opener in the worst possible sense of the word.

5 October 2013 at 15:51  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Jolly chaps, put your money on Respect as the party of the inner city.

A quick glance at Wiki has the following office holders...

Chairman Abjol Miah
Deputy Leader Dawud Islam

Miah is a muslim; don’t think we’ll bother looking up Islam’s faith, what !
No leader at the moment. The post is vacant. But it does look like Respect is a de facto muslim party for muslims.

Of particular interest is when these types stand at election, they seem to retain their deposit. And this for a party only 9 years old !



5 October 2013 at 17:55  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Uncle Brian,

The Global War.....

I am grateful for the information and have just pre-ordered a copy. I will continue helping as a local coordinator for ecumenical Open Doors who operate in some dark places. One does what one can, as they say.
Being mostly Christians here, I sense that we, no longer youthful types, are fortunate to have been members of the current generation. Heaven only knows what the future faithful may have to face.

5 October 2013 at 18:34  
Blogger Phil Roberts said...

The Global War.....

It is interesting that he rules out a Crusades type of response to protecting Christians and then does not really offer any workable alternative as far as I can see.

It must be said that the bottom line is that the Crusades worked. Europe was not conquered by Muslims but only because we resisted militarily.

Nothing else would have worked. What abut now? We definitely need to stand together and I suspect that the Inspector's friends in Africa will turn out to be our greatest allies, just as they are in the face of our efforts to liberalise the Anglican Church into extinction.

Phil

5 October 2013 at 21:52  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Phil Roberts. Any Christian in Africa is a friend to the Inspector. And yes you are right, if it takes African Christians like the Archbishop of York to resist the liberalisation of the church, then this man says lets have more of them here...

5 October 2013 at 23:01  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

@ David Hussell (18:34)—Thanks to the criminal stupidity of the current generation, the future faithful may well have no future worth speaking of. Britain filling up with the Third World, the British heading for minority status, Islam scenting victory, Christianity in retreat.

But we can’t do anything about it because… altogether now… people would call us racist.

5 October 2013 at 23:51  
Blogger Ivan said...


Concerning Islam, the conditions are not nearly as bad as it is made out to be. Saudi money and Pakistani machinations are behind much of the trouble. Between the two, they are responsible for more than half of the difficulties. Contrary to appearances Islam is running on empty as far its appeal is concerned and I don't think it will be much trouble in a decade or two. The heyday of the current wave of Islamic revivalism passed sometime in the late eighties. I don't know of any non-Muslim who has a good word for that religion and, among Muslims one no longer finds the casual arrogance that they are about to take over the world.

6 October 2013 at 06:54  
Blogger Mike Stallard said...

A nasty thought here.
If you subscribe to the Sharia Law then, as St Paul notes with the Jewish Law, you are bound to fall short. However, the social penalty of being honest is so severe that it pays to lead a double life.

Christians have been doing this for centuries, although, today, it really doesn't tie in with our meeja savvy love of sincerity and transparency.
Anyway, if you life a double life, why not hold two conflicting opinions at once?

6 October 2013 at 07:28  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Whilst being fully aware of the retreat Christianity is experiencing presently, in the west, in the global south, Africa and the east, it is resurgent, growing rapidly. Most faithful Anglicans live in Nigeria and are recent, first or second generation, converts.

So like the Inspector, especially because I'm an orthodox, non-liberal Anglican, the traditional African Christian, Anglican or otherwise, is my friend too. They really are helping to keep the C of E on a straighter path than otherwise, which admittedly is too wobbly for me. But their vigorous presence is a invaluable counter balance to the liberals here. If more like Archbishop Sentenu want to come here to preach, then I say, welcome, friend ! We need you.

There's also a very British risk of being too pessimistic and down playing our strengths and exaggerating those regarding the strength of Islam. OK they have lots of babies, in this generation, but western ideas must be having an effect on that. And the general population is hardly kindly predisposed to their ideas is it?

So as others have said, solidarity across Judaism and Christianity is very important, and not letting our differences prevent real cooperation, plus retaining realistic confidence in the appeal of what all the Churches offer, which is a huge amount, eternal life and joy in fact, and you can't better that !

Off to our Harvest Service now, "We plough the fields and scatter ......"

6 October 2013 at 08:24  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Whilst being fully aware of the retreat Christianity is experiencing presently, in the west, in the global south, Africa and the east, it is resurgent, growing rapidly. Most faithful Anglicans live in Nigeria and are recent, first or second generation, converts.

So like the Inspector, especially because I'm an orthodox, non-liberal Anglican, the traditional African Christian, Anglican or otherwise, is my friend too. They really are helping to keep the C of E on a straighter path than otherwise, which admittedly is too wobbly for me. But their vigorous presence is a invaluable counter balance to the liberals here. If more like Archbishop Sentenu want to come here to preach, then I say, welcome, friend ! We need you.

There's also a very British risk of being too pessimistic and down playing our strengths and exaggerating those regarding the strength of Islam. OK they have lots of babies, in this generation, but western ideas must be having an effect on that. And the general population is hardly kindly predisposed to their ideas is it?

So as others have said, solidarity across Judaism and Christianity is very important, and not letting our differences prevent real cooperation, plus retaining realistic confidence in the appeal of what all the Churches offer, which is a huge amount, eternal life and joy in fact, and you can't better that !

Off to our Harvest Service now, "We plough the fields and scatter ......"

6 October 2013 at 08:24  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

David H: "There's also a very British risk of being too pessimistic and down playing our strengths and exaggerating those regarding the strength of Islam. OK they have lots of babies, in this generation, but western ideas must be having an effect on that. And the general population is hardly kindly predisposed to their ideas is it?"

Well said. The statistics back up the baby thing. Also, Muslims here are most certainly not a homoogeneous group, nor do they all have a shared and secret intent to take over the country. That's the sort of stereotyping that makes many people uncomfortable, draws cries of (a sort of) racism, and makes it difficult to stand up and comment about Islamic things. We ought to deal with realities but still argue against the values and outcomes of Islam.

6 October 2013 at 09:56  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

Ivan said
Islam is running on empty as far its appeal is concerned

I don't know what world you live in but it surely isn't the real one. The West is still spending billions on monitoring Islamic ambitions to spread its poison by acts of random murder.

When we see muslims on the streets enmasse, disowning the extreme 'preachers' exhortations to violence as prescribed in their book of nonsense and lies we may be getting somewhere towards your perception of reality.

The head of Islam is not one person or organisation it is the Koran; and until that vile publication is denounced and destroyed we will always be under threat from its influence.

6 October 2013 at 10:10  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Peter Hitchens on TV a moment ago about setting rules regarding Islam: "We are a Christian country [...]"

No we are not, and some of us no more want the Christian religion to be 'in charge' than we do the Muslim one.

6 October 2013 at 10:29  
Blogger David Hussell said...

DanJ10,
We may be a post -Christian country, as far as most people are concerned and church going habits, but our cultural and spiritual underpinnings, ideas of justice and fair play are well and truly rooted in Christianity. Dig down into most national "good things", be it personal equality in law, the Health Service or Education and there you will see Christian endeavour , vision and energy.

6 October 2013 at 10:52  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

Danjo

Would you be comfortable as atheist in a Muslim country or atheist in a nominally Christian one? I know what my answer would be.

6 October 2013 at 11:07  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Dreadnaught, clearly a Christian one. At least a present-day one anyway. Even the more enlightened Muslim-oriented countries restrict their citizens as much as some very conservative Christians would restrict ours given a chance. The unenlightened ones profoundly disgust me. Of course, the choice before me isn't limited to either a Christian country or a Muslim one; I'll have the alternative one which is secular but respects the religious choices of its citizens within some limits.

6 October 2013 at 11:20  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

David H: "We may be a post -Christian country, as far as most people are concerned and church going habits, but our cultural and spiritual underpinnings, ideas of justice and fair play are well and truly rooted in Christianity."

Our present is undoubtedly rooted in our past, including Christianity. Part of where we are now is rooted is our religious wars and atrocities too. We also have a Roman legacy, an Anglo-Saxon one, and a Norman one. Some of our position in the world and the culture that follows from that has come about because of colonialism, including slavery. Other bits have come from the fact of an earlier revolution, and others from the fact of not having a later revolution. More recently, we're who we are now because we didn't get invaded by Germany. Our culture is a hotch-potch of stuff.

6 October 2013 at 11:26  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

The point really is that I'm not sure taking Peter Hitchens' approach helps. He hasn't got the majority with him, he's just setting one minority group against another. We need the majority to back limits and defend values, but ones which don't unduly discriminate against people.

6 October 2013 at 11:40  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

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6 October 2013 at 12:08  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

@ Ivan (06:54)—Islam is running on empty as far its appeal is concerned

When Pew Global surveyed Muslim self-identity, British Muslims gave these answers:

What Do You Consider Yourself First?
A citizen of your country 7%
A Muslim 81%
Sense of Islamic Identity Among Muslims in Your Country
Very/Fairly strong 72%
Is Islamic Identity Among Muslims in Your Country Growing?
Yes 77%
Is Growing Islamic Identity Good or Bad?
Good 86%

I don’t think it will be much trouble in a decade or two

‘Britain will remain a target for home-grown suicide bombers for years to come because Muslims have not fully integrated into society, a senior Government adviser has warned. Iqbal Wahhab, a prominent Muslim businessman, claimed that divisions between Islamic communities and the wider population will remain for another 100 years.’—Daily Telegraph

6 October 2013 at 12:13  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

Danjo

An enlightened Muslim Country? - please, enlighten me.

6 October 2013 at 12:53  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Dreadnaught: "An enlightened Muslim Country? - please, enlighten me."

More enlightened. Such as Morocco and Turkey. Though both have regressed a bit in recent years.

6 October 2013 at 13:04  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Once again DanJ0 displays his ‘living for now’ philosophy. A disdain for our heritage, and complete indifference to what becomes of this country after he departs this life. He all but demands that while he is here, everything is just right for him. Whatever the cost in the long term.

Well old son, there are correspondents on this site who have children and grandchildren, and quite rightfully wish to prepare the best for them, while they still can. There are also correspondents who do not have descendants, but are thankfully not so wrapped up in themselves that they wish to join you in your selfish pursuit...

6 October 2013 at 13:08  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

@ David Hussell (08:24)—they have lots of babies, in this generation, but western ideas must be having an effect on that

‘The United Kingdom is expected to have the largest increase in the number of Muslims in Europe in the next 20 years. The number of Muslims in the UK is projected to almost double from 2·9 million in 2010 to 5·6 million in 2030. By 2030, Muslims are expected to make up 8·2% of the UK’s population, up from 4·6% in 2010.’—Pew

‘While almost half of British Muslims are under the age of 25, almost a quarter of Christians are over 65. The average age of a British Muslim is just 25, not far off half that of a British Christian.’—Daily Telegraph

6 October 2013 at 14:12  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Inspector: "Well old son, there are correspondents on this site who have children and grandchildren, and quite rightfully wish to prepare the best for them, while they still can."

But not you, curiously.

"He all but demands that while he is here, everything is just right for him. Whatever the cost in the long term."

One would have to be pretty naive to think that one can predict where things will go in the future, as the output of futurologists versus the later reality shows. The best I think we can really do is make sure the present and near future is in good shape and sustainable, and to keep existing artefacts and maintain records for those who follow so they have a firm basis from which to make relevant decisions themselves.

"A disdain for our heritage, and complete indifference to what becomes of this country after he departs this life."

In that case, it's curious then that I contribute towards and am involved in the National Trust. Also, as I usually point out when you throw this up each time, I also have sideways family and friends whose welfare I bother about. Moreover, I'm concerned about wildlife even in places I'm unlikely to visit, including whether the species go extinct or not because of man's activities. In short, you're talking through your fundament as usual and for your own selfish and quirky ends.

6 October 2013 at 14:16  
Blogger Ivan said...


Dreadnaught and Johnny, there is no panic in the region I am most familiar with: the Indian subcontinent and the Far East. The main problem you have in the West is that you have a ruling class wrapped up in an ideology that is designed to lull and dispossess you. As you surely know, the direness of Islam is akin to relatively innocuous diseases that assume fatal proportions after an AIDS infection. There are however signs that the reaction has already set in, from Norway to Greece. In that effort one has to reclaim one's history and there is - I regret to say - no better marker for it than the erosion of Holocaust worship, which in practice serves only to undermine any coherent response, that the European peoples make to defend themselves from the Islamic hordes.

6 October 2013 at 15:12  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...


DanJ0, one takes the commandment to not bear false witness very seriously. So with that in mind, do consider that this man’s appreciation of you is how you come across. Even you must admit that you are at odds with most of the communicants on this site, have you ever taken on board why ?

You keep bleating on about not wanting to live in a Christian theocracy. Well, it’s debateable we ever did, but the Tudors must come close it if at all. Do you really believe anyone here would want to go back to that time ? So your attempts to balance out Christian hegemony with your concern for and promotion of muslim sensibilities is not only ghastly but unrequired.

But please do continue to take the line of useful fool for them. After all, how can a fellow know he is in the right when there is no one to show him what wrong looks like.

Incidentally, joining the National Trust is the ‘must do’ thing for middle aged middle class types, especially when the children have fled the nest. Often accompanied by “Now that we have some time to ourselves to enjoy”. A pal laid it on so thickly the other day that yours truly felt that he’d ‘had a word’ said to him in the disciplinary style. Of course the truth of the matter is that for single people, we continue to have no one to share the chores with, and thus never will have the ‘some time to enjoy ourselves’ more than the usual. So no, this rather middle class type is not a member.


6 October 2013 at 16:39  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Dear DanJ0, I do so enjoy your scribblings - they do so enliven that dreadful hour between a five course Sunday roast and Evensong. Here in Barchester Mrs Quiverful is doing her bit to increase the fold, so to speak, and the Little House at Allington, now converted into a nursery-cum-playgroup, is bursting at the seams. I do feel the way we live now is akin to being in a comfortable bubble. Dark forces are indeed gathering, and the demon of multi-kulti has yet to be slain - to which end I have sent Mr. Slope to lob a few hymnals at Mustafa Fatwah's Halal Peas Pudding Shop on the High Street... As for the National Trust, dear Inspector General, my Lord the Bishop wears one and swears by it.

6 October 2013 at 17:58  

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