ONE OF THE DIFFICULTIES in writing a regular column, particularly this one, is finding contention every month, thankfully, as a disputatious miserable old git, this comes easily to me. This last news round has thrown up some uniquely bizarre incidents of contention, all can be chalked up to overzealous wokeness on the part of those that would govern or control our lives.
Firstly, UK schoolgirl,16 year old Abigail Ward, (a strict vegetarian). In her GCSE Religious Studies exam wrote some critical comments about halal meat. She described the butchery involved in the preparation of halal meat as ‘absolutely disgusting’. The exam board OCR accused her of having made ‘obscene racial comments’ and disqualified her exam paper. Her school appealed, and won the case but has not confirmed that the uberwoke moron who marked her paper has been sacked. OCR apologised for the ‘upset and stress’ it had caused Miss Ward.
Miss Ward’s mother has subsequently asked, ‘why on earth was criticism of an Islamic practice presumed to be racist? And not only racist but obscenely racist?’
To demonise a 16-year-old girl as obscenely racist simply because she criticised a religious practice is pretty mad and immoral behaviour. But at the same time it feels familiar. It is in keeping with the broader woke taboo on criticising Islam. Today it is frequently assumed, by sections of the political class, by the educational establishment, by the commentariat, that anyone who feels uncomfortable with Islam and its beliefs and practices must be driven by a racial animus towards Muslims more broadly.
Final point..., a religion, any religion is not a race, ...it’s a religion!
If Jeremy Corbyn and the appalling Shami Chakrabarti insist that they stand ‘in solidarity’ with you, then you inherently know that you’re waist deep in the brown stuff.
Owen Jones oft described as a Labour activist was given a slap last month by a group of lads outside a bar in London. Immediately, the Guardian columnist claimed that he was attacked by far-right thugs
because of his anti-fascist politics. I find this a strange occurrence indeed, it suggests that our language has changed in just over the 70 years since my father and his generation took up arms to go to Europe, to lay down their lives in the real cause of anti-fascism!
The real question, though, is whether Owen Jones stands in solidarity with Owen Jones. By which I mean, does he agree that assaulting people because they have different political opinions to you is always odious and always wrong? He was full of glee when Nigel Farage was pelted with a milkshake, tweeting: ‘spare me the tears over a banana milkshake’ and praising the burger chain who were selling the milkshakes for having ‘joined the anti-fascist resistance’. But that’s not all. Jones also tweeted in support of Aamer Rahman who advised that it was morally correct to ‘punch’ Nazis. Nazis being, in Owen’s lexicon, most people who disagree with Owen Jones.
...Not nice, is it son?
‘Those who believe that they can be certain of their salvation because they have indulgence letters will be eternally damned, together with their teachers,’ Martin Luther wrote in his Ninety Five Theses of 1517 that he nailed to the door of Wittenberg’s All Saints Church, starting the Protestant Reformation. Rather like carbon offsets, the medieval papacy issued indulgences to rich sinners on the basis they would do fictitious good works. In practice, indulgences were a cynical cash-raising exercise purportedly absolving the wealthy of sin. As much or perhaps more than Luther’s theology, reaction against indulgences and the venality of the Vatican helped bring about the destruction of the medieval Catholic Church.
So too with today’s secular religion of climate change. Holes in the science are amenable to any number of fixes by the priesthood of climate scientists. What will bring about its downfall will be its stench of hypocrisy and its impact on people’s lives.
Climate change has become ethics for the wealthy; preaching planetary salvation to justify their privileged position in society and telling the rest of us what we shouldn’t do, while forcing us to pay more for it into the bargain.
Britain’s worst blackout in over a decade, when a single lightning strike earlier last month knocked out a power station and a wind farm, ‘should never have happened in the first place,’ says professor Dieter Helm, Britain’s foremost energy economist. ‘If power cuts can happen when just two power generators drop off, then something fundamental has gone wrong.’ It has!
Recent newspaper headlines will have made uncomfortable reading for the Queen last month. Fresh revelations about the Duke of York’s friendship with the late Jeffrey Epstein are causing further embarrassment. Eco-warriors the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been criticised for taking four private jet flights in 11 days, two of them paid for by Elton John. Yet they see no hypocrisy in their elitist, planet-destroying travel plans. Meanwhile it has been revealed that a Hong Kong businessman has being paying fistfuls of dollars to willing royals for years. Dr. Jonny Hon gives a £100,000 stipend to Zara Tindall to advise him on horse racing matters (‘it’s over there, the one with four legs’) and has given almost £300,000 to the Duchess of York for ‘marketing and promotion’ and being a non-executive director of his film company (‘pass me the paperclips’). In return he gets lots of lovely handshaking access to the Windsors, and he certainly seems pleased with his deal.
The Queen must be feeling a distinct chill in the air that has nothing to do with the weather, or greenhouse gases. As several of her children and grandchildren continue to disport themselves like the entitled spawn of a dodgy Eurotrash autocrat.
For those of us, from the UK, who have made the decision to spend at least part of our lives here in Spain, the next few weeks will present what can best be described as Brexit turmoil on steroids!
The will we/won’t we question alone, is enough to drive the sanest of us to howl at the moon, let alone those of us who are unsure of where we stand, whatever answer to the question above transpires.
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