The State of the Nation

Posted on 18th April, 2020

You may have heard of Theodore Dalrymple, the nom de plume of a now-retired psychiatrist who spent most of his working life in the places most of us spend most of our lives avoiding (i.e. prisons, slums and banana-republics like Boristan). He writes eloquently and persuasively (if somewhat repetitively) about the problems of today's Britain, such as its corpulent underclasses, its incompetent government and the general abandonment of responsibility in favour of legality. He gives a very candid perspective on our beloved home.

 

His works, like those of Peter Hitchens, recall an earlier England that was more moral, more orderly and more decent than ours, if also poorer, colder and more miserable. Those quite physical evils have been replaced by more inhuman ones attacking the warp and weft of common-life. We perhaps see this most clearly in our politicians such asThe Dear Leader (Blessed Be The NHS), in whom we find the worst combination of ambition and stupidity. We are like a ship in a storm whose captain is blind, drunk and struck with terror.

 

In the government's inaction and blind-panic, we see a refusal to take a balanced view and to take responsibility for the consequences. A lockdown, whose benefits are only assumed rather than proved, best absolves the powers-that-be of blame for those who do die of the dreaded virus.

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