Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The Spiritual and Cultural Desert of Modern Day Britain

Just the other day I got reading the blog of right-wing journalist Peter Hitchens and I found out that he had been a Question Time panelist on the 14th of this month. As I do not watch television very often and because I haven't checked out the iPlayer page for this program in a while, I had missed out on viewing it. So I went up to the BBC website and watched the episode in question.

One of the questions asked by an audience member was words to the effect of, 'Do any of the panelists know any poetry by heart and if so, have any of you ever been able to use this poetry in a practical situation?' 

Instantly the audience burst out into a rowdy, mocking laughter. Apparently the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, recently suggested that school children should learn poetry by heart as part of their education. David Dimbleby then, just for a giggle, set the panel the challenge of reciting a poem. 

The first person to be challenged was a Tory politician, the 'chosen' Minister for Housing and Local Government, Grant Shapps. This is a fellow who was once a youth leader for the B'nai B'rith Youth Organisation. He chose to recite 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', much to the amusement of the audience. I am pretty sure he could have recited a couple of those anthems from the youth organisation. 

Most of the other panelists were quite dismissive of the whole idea also, saying that politicians shouldn't be getting involved with education. We should leave it to the teachers and children should be taught things that are of more practical use, they said. 

The Labour politician on the panel, Emily Thornberry, suggested that the only good reason why we should study history is in order to help prevent us from making the same mistakes as our forebears. That is a typical Marxist attitude I think and we know where it leads. These people only want to focus on the negative side of our history, to undermine our heritage. To portray our ancestors as uncouth, underhanded and barbarous. The thought of focusing on the happier chapters of our history that tell us about our racial character, fill us with racial and national pride and which we can use as a positive guide for the future is unthinkable to these people. 

They would rather our children were taught about the 'terrible Tudors', focusing on Henry VIII's wives and how he 'enjoyed' beheading many of them. Of Shakespeare's history plays, they would sooner have students study Richard III so that they can demonise our (former) nobility as little more than murdering gangsters. That anybody would suggest the children study such national heroes as Henry V - perish the thought. 

And so it goes, that if you were to ask the average English youth if they know or have even heard of Henry V, for example, or if they they could recite a line from Shakespeare's great play about his exploits in France, he or she would most likely give you the deer in the headlights look and then mock you for even bringing up the name of such personalities as the Bard. 

And heaven forbid you dare to recite from any of Shakespeare's great works. Most of the befuddled, ignorant and illiterate youth of our country would think you are an escapee from a lunatic asylum. They would most likely point and laugh you out of the room before you could finish a single verse, then invite their friends over to laugh you down the street. That is the unfortunate mentality of the average student that have been subjected to an 'education' at these brain pollution centres they call schools. And these social-marxists are happy to keep it that way.

Anyway, back to Question Time, after most of the panel had derided the idea of learning about the more beautiful aspects of our cultural heritage, the audience decided to wade in, with one Marxist looking young school teacher mockingly declaring that the learning of poetry in schools would be a pointless endeavour, a waste of time for the schoolchildren. To quote the silly cow: 'Making them sit down and recite poems would just be a waste of my time and a waste of their time.' This mindless drivel was met with a round of applause from the audience and mumbles of agreement from many on the panel. 

At this point I sat there at my computer feeling ever so slightly embarrassed and deflated about my passion for English literature and culture in general. I reflected to myself for a moment, 'Perhaps I really am just one of these out-of-date oddballs that appreciate our heritage - our poetry, our literature, music, traditional art and architecture?' One has to reassure ones self in these degenerate times.  

However, the one person that Dimbleby seemingly ignored asked if it was his turn to recite a poem, or 'pass this test' as he put it. This one individual was none other than Peter Hitchens. He then proceeded to give a moving recital of 'Into my heart an air that kills' from Alfred Edward Housman's 'A Shropshire Lad'. I was so touched by it that I instantly vowed to learn this poem for myself. 

Shockingly, this recital was met with a (albeit lukewarm) round of applause and Hitchens proceeded to give an impassioned monologue about the importance of having our minds 'furnished with beauty' and that having knowledge of our cultural heritage (our *real* cultural heritage, not this multicultural rubbish that has been slopped onto us) is a fundamental - 'profound' - part of being British. 

I am not a huge fan of Hitchens, as he is a typical right-wing reactionary 'conservative' type who incredibly - unbelievably - has got it into his head that Jewish Christianity is the only salvation for our country and thus he is useless. His racial heritage (and thus true allegiance) is very questionable also. But I must give him due credit, this speech of his was absolutely fantastic. I felt compelled to post a comment on his blog congratulating his performance:

'I just watched Question Time on iPlayer and thought your recital and speech about the importance of being familiar with our national literature was absolutely magnificent. I couldn't believe what I was hearing when I listened to these other panelists and teachers in the audience mocking our heritage. I think that somebody should upload a video exposing each of these sneering degenerates and then finish it with your fantastic monologue.'

The moment I posted the above comment, I went and did a search on YouTube to see if I could find an excerpt from this episode of Question Time so that I could share it with other like-minded people. Much to my surprise, I found more or less exactly what I had asked for in the above comment. The video was most appropriately titled 'Peter Hitchens vs. Educational Philistines'. Another could have been 'The Spiritual Desert of Modern Day Britain'. However, my only problem with this upload is that it did not contain the idiotic 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' remark from that 'chosen' guest on the panel. Never mind, it is an excellent clip nonetheless that I would recommend to anyone. This is the state of degenerate, 'modern' day Britain. 

'England, bound in with the triumphant sea, Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame, With inky blots, and rotten parchment bonds: That England, that was wont to conquer others, Hath made a shameful conquest of itself. Ah! would the scandal vanish with my life, How happy then were my ensuing death.' 

One has to ask, was the Bard a prophet? :-/

James Mac.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent. Why hasn't nobody commented on this? :(