Of all the countries I have monitored over the past few years, Britain is certainly at the top of my list. It seems on a weekly basis a new case of idiocy and coercive utopianism emanates from this nation. It has so quickly and so extensively rejected its Christian roots, and so thoughtlessly and cavalierly embraced every moonbeam PC fashion, that it is well nigh on the verge of collapse.
That is why I keep recalling the words of Arnold Toynbee: “Civilizations die from suicide, not murder”. And the wise counsel of another historian also comes to mind: “From barbarism to civilization requires a century; from civilization to barbarism needs but a day” (Will Durant).
To witness in one’s lifetime the decline and fall of a once great nation is as breathtaking as it is demoralising. Alexander Solzhenitsyn felt the same way about his beloved Russia. And he was well aware of the reason for the decline of the nation: “It is because we have forgotten God. That is why all this is happening to us.”
While many just accept the death of Britain as a fait accompli, as something that simply is, other voices ask whether this ought to be, and what can be done to turn things around – that is, if real change is still possible at this late stage.
One such voice of reason in a world of unreason is Hal G. P. Colebatch. Writing in today’s Australian he rightly ponders the fate of a nation quickly going over the edge. From his vantage point, things are not looking too good. Indeed, this may well be a terminal illness.
He begins with these words: “Britain appears to be evolving into the first modern soft totalitarian state. As a sometime teacher of political science and international law, I do not use the term totalitarian loosely. There are no concentration camps or gulags but there are thought police with unprecedented powers to dictate ways of thinking and sniff out heresy, and there can be harsh punishments for dissent.”
He finds some historical precedents for all this: “Nikolai Bukharin claimed one of the Bolshevik Revolution’s principal tasks was ‘to alter people’s actual psychology’. Britain is not Bolshevik, but a campaign to alter people’s psychology and create a new Homo britannicus is under way without even a fig leaf of disguise.”
And like this website, he features a host of mind-numbing examples of this new totalitarianism. They make for depressing reading, but the world must be warned. Consider a few of the cases he brings to light. The story of a young schoolgirl sets the scene:
“In September 2006, a 14-year-old schoolgirl, Codie Stott, asked a teacher if she could sit with another group to do a science project as all the girls with her spoke only Urdu. The teacher’s first response, according to Stott, was to scream at her: ‘It’s racist, you’re going to get done by the police!’ Upset and terrified, the schoolgirl went outside to calm down. The teacher called the police and a few days later, presumably after officialdom had thought the matter over, she was arrested and taken to a police station, where she was fingerprinted and photographed. According to her mother, she was placed in a bare cell for 3 1/2 hours. She was questioned on suspicion of committing a racial public order offence and then released without charge. The school was said to be investigating what further action to take, not against the teacher, but against Stott. Headmaster Anthony Edkins reportedly said: ‘An allegation of a serious nature was made concerning a racially motivated remark. We aim to ensure a caring and tolerant attitude towards pupils of all ethnic backgrounds and will not stand for racism in any form’.”
Yikes! What in the world is wrong with this country? Just how much more bent out of shape can it become before it turns into one big asylum? But wait, there’s more. Consider this tale of squashed free speech:
“Countryside Restoration Trust chairman and columnist Robin Page said at a rally against the Government’s anti-hunting laws in Gloucestershire in 2002: ‘If you are a black vegetarian Muslim asylum-seeking one-legged lesbian lorry driver, I want the same rights as you.’ Page was arrested, and after four months he received a letter saying no charges would be pressed, but that: ‘If further evidence comes to our attention whereby your involvement is implicated, we will seek to initiate proceedings.’ It took him five years to clear his name.”
Let me offer one last example: “Permissiveness as well as draconianism can be deployed to destroy socially accepted norms and values. The Royal Navy, for instance, has installed a satanist chapel in a warship to accommodate the proclivities of a satanist crew member. ‘What would Nelson have said?’ is a British newspaper cliche about navy scandals, but in this case seems a legitimate question. Satanist paraphernalia is also supplied to prison inmates who need it.”
Colebatch finishes with these words: “This campaign seems to come from unelected or quasi-governmental bodies controlling various institutions, which are more or less unanswerable to electors, more than it does directly from the Government, although the Government helps drive it and condones it in a fudged and deniable manner. Any one of these incidents might be dismissed as an aberration, but taken together – and I have only mentioned a tiny sample; more are reported almost every day – they add up to a pretty clear picture.”
As a new Dark Ages settles upon Britain, observers from afar can only shake their heads in amazement and grief. But if nothing else, such folly and self-immolation can at least serve one useful function: it can serve as a warning to other nations that the path Britain is on is not a path to be followed, but a path to be avoided at all costs. Whether other nations heed the warning remains to be seen.