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Anti-statue-ism: Wellington must fall (he called his troops ‘the scum of the earth’)

Goodness! The pen is mightier than the sword, or so they say, and the truth of this is clearly demonstrated by my letter to Mr. Kim Jong-un, which seems to have done the trick. Common sense has won the day and the world can breathe again. Until the next time.

My Lord the Bishop and I took an early train to London on Tuesday to see the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. We do this every year in the hope that proper artists will be showing their wares, but alas, we were once again disappointed. Thankfully there was no sign of Miss Emin’s underwear or suppositories, nor spliced wildlife preserved in formaldehyde, but large canvasses daubed with primary colours seem to be much in vogue. The three small watercolours of buttercups by the banks of the River Bar that I submitted a while back were, of course, rejected by the selection committee, which only goes to prove that taste and discernment are strangers to the art gurus of the capital. One does not, of course, bear a grudge. Much.

I happened to be walking past Mustafa Fatwah’s ‘Rub-a-dub Laundry and Scimitar Sharpening’ shop the other afternoon when I spotted a poster which read: ‘No Whites after 8 p.m.’ I should think not. I make sure my whites are boiled and on the line well before 9 a.m. every Monday. I understand similar notices are springing up all over the place – Birmingham, for example – which only goes to show standards of cleanliness and good housekeeping are declining across the nation. I know Mr. Slope always soaks his smalls in rosewater each evening, though how I know I simply cannot recall.

A small crowd of angry ne’er-do-wells was gathered around the statue of the Duke of Wellington in Muggleton Square yesterday morning, spitting and cursing and making a considerable racket. It seems they want the statue removing as it is offensive to working-class people (Wellington called his troops ‘the scum of the earth’) and also to the French (obvious reasons). Anti-statue-ism is yet another American import we can well do without (but then we did send them Piers Morgan for a while, so perhaps it’s quits). The ruffians were chanting, “Aunty Fass, Aunty Fass!” (most probably a friend of Ms. Toynbee, Comrade Corbynov and the like). Despite their insistence, the lady did not appear. I decided to pick up my skirts and hurry along. The mood was turning decidedly nasty. On reflection, perhaps the sane majority should play the unwashed at their own game and demand the removal of Mr. Marx’s memorial headstone in Highgate Cemetery on the grounds that his ideology was responsible for the oppression and deaths of millions.

Speaking of our Once and Future Commissar, I find it rather amusing that Comrade Corbynov, when asked about his views on the Irish Question, was happy to condemn violence on both sides of the political divide, but eagerly rushed to condemn President Trumpelstiltskin for doing exactly that over the Charlottesville riots. An acute case of Doublethinkplus?

The Archdeacon had something to say about Charlottesville:

“Anyone with half a brain can see the whole thing was a set-up,” he explained smugly as we wandered through the stalls at the ‘Save a Fallen Woman for Mr. Gladstone’ Charity Bazaar at Plumstead yesterday. “Most of the Bolshevik thugs were bused in from New York and came with baseball bats. The violence wasn’t an unfortunate accident – it was planned from the beginning, and the municipal authorities connived to achieve the desired outcome. Classic subterfuge, dear lady. These outwardly respectable inwardly demonic leftists with their slithering forked-tongues and quinoa-snorting hipster-esque acolytes have wormed their way into government positions right across the Western world – not to mention the General Synod – their sole aim being to bring everything crashing down.”

I fear the Archdeacon may be right.

At the small parish church of St. Linus Undershaft on Monday evening I found myself sitting next to the bewigged figure of Sir Abraham Haphazzard, recently returned to Barchester after legal consultations with HM Government on matters Brexit. He told me the Zollverein is being particularly beastly, with Herr Junketting and Her Verhuffenpuff demanding their ‘pound of flesh’ in order for us to leave. It doesn’t surprise me (for they are excitable fellows brought up on sauerkraut, molluscs and Sacha Distel), nor do the rumours that Mr. Davis is willing to make compromises (also known as waving the white flag).

I fear this non-Conservative government is a weasel in sheep’s clothing – what we need is another Lord Salisbury to take the helm. I am firmly in the ‘Not a penny more!’ camp when it comes to Johnny Eurocrat. What I really cannot abide is the stovie-eating Krankie Fishwife in Edinburgh letting slip that Euro fishing fleets will always be welcome in Scottish waters. This besom is a traitor on every count, and should be reflecting on her folly in The Tower. Sir Abraham said there was nothing in the Lisbon Treaty about financial penalties (and certainly no sanity-clause) so the time has come to simply leave. As the Abominable Brown once said about other matters, “It is the right thing to do.”

As I pen these words I hear of the dreadful events in Barcelona. Enough said. How many more of these terrible attacks must Europe suffer before the penny drops? We are at war, and have been since the 7th century!

Alas, it is with heavy heart that I light my candle and make my way up the wooden stairs to Bedfordshire, where my Lord the Bishop is already snoring his head off. So, as tinder box of righteousness ignites the bonfire of the vanities and the anti-Macassar of indifference soaks up the fetid oil of human suffering, I bid you goodnight. Until next week, dear friends.

  • len

    I have a theory that the Government will talk about’ Brexit ‘constantly until everyone get so bored with it that they want to forget the whole affair.Its working on me already.
    Wee Jimmy Krankie toadying up to the EU is quite frankly nauseating and the Scottish fishermen must be fuming!.
    Good work with that letter to the fat kid in N K Mrs Proudie, certainly did the trick!.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      One has to be firm with little boys who throw things.

      • betteroffoutofit

        Exactly. I’m so glad you got that silly Fatty Boom Boom to pay attention!!

  • Anton

    Just point out that the Duke of Wellington was Irish. That’ll shut them up.

  • SonoView

    I fear that anti-statue-ism is already alive and kicking in England as evidenced by the decision to block a proposed statue of St. Margaret of Thatcher in Parliament square. It has effectively been torn down before even being erected on the dubious grounds that it “lacks a handbag”.

    Mind you I do see the point! I am sure that you, Good Lady, would never wish to be seem in public without a handbag with which to chastise the great unwashed of this world.

    I bet the little fat man in N K will soon be seen sporting one.

    • bluedog

      After the roaring success of Gangnam style, it is not hard to envisage that the Kim hairstyle will soon sweep the planet. Indeed, one can suggest that Trump’s dreadful comb-over could only be improved with the Kim bob treatment.

    • Anton

      She is the obvious solution to the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square.

    • Manfarang
  • bluedog

    Grave fears must now be held for the future of ‘Gone with the Wind’, Mrs P.

    One doesn’t doubt that the great and good of modern Hollywood will delight in stripping the picture of its fifteen Oscars as an act of purification. Indeed, the plot is offensive in all regards, depicting a white supremacist living on the proceeds of whupping slaves and selling cotton (in the words of Tom Lehrer) while having his way forcibly with the crinoline-clad heroine.

    One trusts that your Lord Bishop is more restrained in his habits; there is no need to reply…

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      The bishop is certainly restrained in his habits, but have asked the seamstress to let them out ait at the back.

      • bluedog

        You should also instruct cook to go easy on the butter in the kedgeree by the sound of it. Greatly under-rated dish, kedgeree.

        • Manfarang

          I like the originals made from rice and dal.

    • Anton

      Close to being the most over-rated film of all time (rivalled only by Citizen Kane and Les Enfants du Paradis, if anybody fancies a bit of knockabout this morn…)

      • Father David

        Surely, two of the best films of all time were “Brief Encounter” and “Some like it Hot”, closely followed by Dirk Bogarde in “Death in Venice”

        • Anton

          Some Like It Hot is excellent, but Brief Encounter was disowned by its own scriptwriter, for Noel Coward himself said it was totally unrealistic and that in real life they’d be “at it hammer and tongs”, while Death In Venice I regard as a fine classical music concert but a boring film. Anyone for Dr Strangelove or other Kubrick?

          • Terry Mushroom

            Being There, with Peter Sellars. A film for our time.

          • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

            I rather like Room with a View….

          • Terry Mushroom

            I wonder if Mr Slope would have swum with Mr Bebe.

          • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

            He’d give young Freddie Honeychurch a run for his money….

          • Anton

            The scene where Helena Bonham Carter is playing the Waldstein got me back into Beethoven’s piano sonatas.

          • Father David

            I’d take 2001 – A Space Odyssey with me to the Desert Island plus King Hearts and Coronets, I’m Alright Jack.and School for Scoundrels.

          • Anton

            Barry Lyndon and Paths of Glory are his other great films. Add anything by the Taviani Brothers; Best Intentions, scripted by Bergman; and Abel Gance’s incredible Napoleon. For comedy, Les Ripoux (“My New Partner”) is hard to beat.

          • Father David

            Yes, I’ll let you have Barry Lyndon, although it is many years since I saw it, if you’ll let me have Jacques Tati’s Le Vacances de M Hulot?

          • Anton

            Nice. I think his Jour de Fete is even better.

          • bluedog

            For comedy, the 1965 ‘Cat Ballou’ remains a favourite.

          • Pubcrawler

            Withnail & I.

          • betteroffoutofit

            It’s “Casablanca” for me!

          • Anton

            Wonderful film. Play it!

      • bluedog

        We can resist the temptation to back your commercial judgement.

        • Anton

          Frankly, my dear…

          It’s an aesthetic judgement, not a commercial one!

          • bluedog

            But would your commercial judgement be divorced from your aesthetic judgement? Let’s face it, if a film appears ‘over-rated’ to you, you may not have confidence in its commercial success, no?

          • Anton

            I genuinely don’t understand the question. Gone With the Wind was always going to be a huge success but I can’t bear it. I accept, though, that there is an element of personal taste in my opinion of it. Citizen Kane is actually a good film, but almost every film critic seems to say that it is by far the greatest film ever made, and the gap between their estimate and mine is so large that it easily enters my “most overrated” list. Les Enfants du Paradis is probably the one I regard as most over-rated: beloved of critics but dramatically weak and boring in my opinion.

          • bluedog

            Are you over-analysing the question? It may be best to take it a face value rather than looking for Deeper Meaning, or even seeking Higher Understanding.

          • Anton

            Higher Understanding? No, I was sober when I wrote that.

      • Manfarang

        “Frankly, I don’t give a damn”

  • their sole aim being to bring everything crashing down

    Joseph Sobran analysed the desire to destroy in his newsletter, Sobran’s, in 1997:

    ‘The concept of envy—the hatred of the superior—has dropped out of our moral vocabulary. The idea that white Christian civilization is hated more for its virtues than its sins doesn’t occur to us, because it’s not a nice idea. Western man towers over the rest of the world in ways so large as to be almost inexpressible. It’s Western exploration, science, and conquest that have revealed the world to itself. Other races feel like subjects of Western power long after colonialism, imperialism, and slavery have disappeared. The charge of racism puzzles whites who feel not hostility, but only baffled good will, because they don’t grasp what it really means: humiliation. The white man presents an image of superiority even when he isn’t conscious of it. And, superiority excites envy. Destroying white civilization is the inmost desire of the league of designated victims we call minorities.’

    Hat tip: Ivan M

    • Ivan M

      The Muslim terrorists in Barcelona targeted the Sagrada Familia but without success. Why? What did the mild Antoni Gaudi do to them or their forebears? Clearly the rage fueling an all too substantial number of Muslims is not anything that was done to them, but a variant on what Mr Sobran pointed out all those years ago. The Muslim is intensely jealous of the achievements of other far greater civilisations. What he cannot even conceive of, he tries to destroy as it is a permanent rebuke of his claim to belong to a superior civilisation. Mohamed Atta was another of this type, supposedly a student of urban planning in Hamburg, but unable to see the WTC for what it was: a solution to the congestion in Manhattan. All he could see was the towering engineering ability of the Americans, which mocked him and his fellow Arabs.

      • @ Ivan M—The Barcelona Muslims may have been motivated more by the sins of Christianity than by a general hatred of the success of white Christian civilization. By ‘sins of Christianity’ I mean the refusal of Christians to acknowledge Allah as the one true god and Islam as the one true faith. White civilization can easily withstand physical attacks mounted by terrorists but it appears powerless to withstand treachery from within, which requires far more sophistication than Muslims can summon up.

        • Coniston

          ‘When Hilaire Belloc wrote The Great Heresies, …..to the amazement of many a reader, he named Islam. Most commentators tend to regard Islam as a new religion appearing in the seventh century. Belloc thought otherwise. He maintained – and demonstrated very convincingly – that Islam is a heretical spin-off of Christianity. In actuality, the principal doctrines of Islam are appropriations of Old Testament teachings assumed into Christianity.
          How did Islam expand so rapidly, especially in Christian strongholds like North Africa? Belloc puts it succinctly: “It won battles.” Further, he prognosticated that Europe would become easy prey to Islamicization because “it has forgotten its nature in forgetting its religion.” As the European Union was being finalized, Pope John Paul II pleaded with the leaders to acknowledge – even in a sentence or two – the Christian roots of Europe. He was roundly ignored. Belloc saw in this attitude (already in place in his time) a European death wish which would result in “the return of Islam.” Belloc wasn’t Madame Zelda on the boardwalk gazing into tea leaves or crystal ball; he was merely an astute student of history and human nature. I don’t think he would take delight in saying to his European descendants, “I told you so!”’
          See: http://www.catholicworldreport.com/2017/08/10/without-christian-witness-and-culture-the-west-cannot-resist-islam/

          • @ Coniston—Thank you. Yes, Islam is drawn from Judaism and Christianity, chiefly the former. In Separation and Its Discontents, Kevin MacDonald quotes SD Goitein: ‘Modern Western civilization, like the ancient civilization of the Greeks, is essentially at variance with the religious culture of the Jewish people. Islam, however, is from the very flesh and bone of Judaism.’ [PDF, p224]

            Belloc’s The Jews is online here.

          • Anton

            But authentic Judaism IS Christianity.

          • @ Anton—I’m a theological illiterate. Perhaps you mean this kind of thing:

            ‘Up to forty years ago…all theologians, relying firmly on the Gospels, on the Fathers of the Church and on the ecclesiastical Magisterium of nearly 2,000 years believed that with the coming of Jesus Christ and the advent of the New Covenant sealed with His Blood, the New Israel of God is no longer the people of the Old Covenant, but all men called to be part of the Catholic Church through Baptism.’

          • Anton

            Christianity is a branch of Judaism that sees Israel’s messiah foretold in the Jewish scriptures, the Old Testament, and licenses belief in Him to go not just to ethnic Jews but to anybody. Many Jews have, sadly, not availed themselves of this opportunity; nevertheless the New Testament is clear that Christianity is the culmination of Judaism, not a rejection of it. Paul in Romans 9-11 explains that gentile believers in Jesus are branches grafted onto a Judaic stock, spiritually speaking.

            There can be only one Creator God but His personality and actions, as spoken of in the Old Testament and the Quran, are very different and cannot be reconciled.

  • Re Wellington and being Irish, did he say “Being born in a stable does not make you a horse” or words to that effect? As for “scum of the earth”, context is important. I believe that in the difficult and high risk siege at Badajoz victory was put seriously at risk by troops breaking into wine and brandy stores and a number of troops getting very drunk. Worse was that one of the barrels from which they drank had a corpse in it preserved for burial elsewhere.

    • Anton

      Didn’t stop the Navy with the barrel they brought Nelson’s body back in!

  • Chefofsinners

    Dear lady, writing from the American colonies, I can confirm that Aunty Fass is a synonym for the Alt-left. As indeed is our own Aunty.
    I was considering establishing an Alt-middle party, but the keyboard offers too many other temptations.
    CTRL-free speech is Jeremy’s latest fetish, I hear. Gags and public lashings and much frothing and so forth.
    SHIFT-right has many attractions, but then all those F-keys are just begging me… Perhaps CTRL-ALT-DELETE the whole political class.
    Aha! Lurking top left of all places… ESCAPE. One more week in the wilderness.

    • Anton

      PAUSE/BREAK is your key at present.

      • Chefofsinners

        I have found out why they are called the Rocky Mountains. Even the terms Grand Canyon and Great Plains are coming into focus. The American is a literal fellow.

        • Anton

          They aren’t like the Alps, are they? More like a giant version of the Scottish Highlands. Weathering is the difference – the Alps are a young range, and consequently are Walt Disney-style mountains even though the Rockies are higher.

          • betteroffoutofit

            Thanks for the explanattion. Now I understand why I used to fly over those Alps and wonder what all the fuss was about. So harsh and cruel, they seemed to me – ugly really!!!

          • Anton

            I’d love to fly through (not over!) the Andes, a young range which in some places come straight out of the sea and therefore have a greater range than the Himalayas, an old range that comes out of a plateau which is already 10,000 feet high.

          • betteroffoutofit

            Yes – the Andes do sound fascinating (and, not least, because of their history). South America is a little less accessible for us I guess — when I eventually got to Buenos Aires I was surprised at how far even that seemed!

  • not a machine

    been requested to put a sock in it ,so will do until further notice , keep an eye on the co evolving friends of harvey , am rather grief stricken by the whole dam affair to be honest , never thought I would consider my own government a waste of time , will have to move soon sorry cant wait .
    so for now sock in place and everyone just better hope a larger energy pattern isn’t becoming established ….god bless

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      I am baffled dear Not a machine…of what do you speak?

      • not a machine

        Don’t worry Mrs Proudie I have a rather big beef with a long running attempt to give our government a cost effective and neat solution to something , and it will cost us all very dearly , if I am right and they are not and they just denigrate me to keep there own view , and its just not on anymore ,they are playing me and the worst thing is they may not understand what I am on about ,even though they have alleged educational titles .I never thought in a million years in my own country would a genuine idea to help it come up against such poor systemic thinking .It may well be wise to keep ones council (as his graces recent post suggests) and goodness knows I have done that ,to get the details right ,which have in fairness needed some better expertise than my own , but to push good thinking into the long grass as has occurred on at least 5 times now ,is turning me volcanic ….

      • not a machine

        Intrigued Mrs proudie , my original response seems to have been removed which is naughty isn’t it ???? Nor has His grace done it ???

        • not a machine

          strange on post but not on discuss response

  • Manfarang

    We are at war? No battles of the soap suds at the laundries in the Gulf. No maids either just Indian workers.

  • IrishNeanderthal

    Most Excellent Mrs Proudie,

    Recently incidents like these have been swirling around like a blizzard during an Ice Age winter. This morning I did not want to go out, and even a bit of simple shopping to be done seemed a Mammoth task (we Neanderthals do not use that term lightly.)

    Then along came your weekly letter, like a burst of sunshine. With the glaciers in retreat, and the seas rising, soon the North Sea and the Channel will be joined up, and we can leave those Continentals to their beastly Zollverein!

    • Anton

      Doggerland will be sunken.

      • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

        Is there an entire country for doggers? Goodness!

        • Anton

          Like Sodom and Gomorrah it is now under water and goes by the name the Dogger Bank, which is not one in which I would leave a deposit.

          • Inspector General

            Dogger Bank. Is it still possible to play cricket on that interesting phenomenon. Chaps did just that 100 years ago, tides permitting….

          • bluedog

            Aren’t you thinking of the Goodwin Sands?

          • Inspector General

            No. Dogger Bank. Use to be a Royal Navy tradition of sorts. But rising sea levels over time may have put an end to it…

            You couldn’t play cricket for very long even when it was possible. May well be these exceptional tides you get twice a year or thereabouts.

          • bluedog

            Didn’t realise Dogger Bank was that shallow. The Germans left a battle-cruiser there in WW1, one recalls.

          • Inspector General

            Search of google came to naught, but one has several naval books and will endeavour to find more…

          • bluedog

            SMS Blucher

          • Inspector General

            A search on Cricket on Dogger Bank.

            One recalls former communicant ‘not a mouse’ who once opined in sarcasm that if you can’t google it, it never happened.

          • bluedog

            Googling Dogger Bank, or more accurately wiki’ing DB shows that the water depth over the bank is between 49 and 118 feet. At first glance this appears greater than the tidal range. In other words, if the RN holds cricket matches on the Dogger Bank, they may be ‘fielding’ teams of clearance divers. Sticking to my view that the game is played on the Godwin Sands. Another potential venue is the Brambles Bank in the Solent, which sometimes dries out at spring tides.

          • Anton

            Yes. I am aware of the cricket matches on the Brambles.

          • bluedog

            Good-oh.

          • All relative, Inspector, it’s the east coast of of your lovely teeter-totter isle that’s tilting and sinking into the Channel. The Scots are riising, though, and it’ll be possible to see up their kilts in an eon or two….

          • Inspector General

            That could be it, Avi. Scotland was weighed down by a vertical mile of ice, so they say, and it’s now springing up like a springy thing even as we communicate…

    • Politically__Incorrect

      Here in Wales, there are mornings, usually ones where I’ve listened to the “Today” programme, when I just can’t be bothered to make the 15 minute walk to the outside toilet. What finally gets me going is the thought that the EU is going the same way as most corrupt empires; down the pan. I’d give it no more than 25 years. Then the likes of Junckers will be looking for a real job.

  • len

    Yet more terrorist atrocities happening in Spain and other places.I suppose IS fighters having left Iraq and Syria had to leave their weapons behind so they could leave as’ persecuted asylum seekers’ Now they are using vehicles to murder and maim .The open borders in the EU has served IS well.
    The level of hate that is behind such barbaric attacks is beyond the comprehension of most normal people.
    I can only conclude that Islam has been claimed by those who follow it because of the ethnicity of their leader Mohammed not because of any intrinsic value in the religion.This makes it an’ us’ against ‘them’ type of religion which ‘vindicates’ all sorts of barbaric behaviour.
    The Jews were’ also demonised’ by the Nazis which also led to all sorts of barbaric behaviour.

    • It’s cultural insensitivity, Len. What’s the point of free trade without free movement of peoples and what’s the point of that without free movement of cultural personal property like Kalashnikovs and grenade launchers? Without those, the fellows look practically naked!

  • Inspector General

    Good Day to you, Mrs Proudie

    The Inspector was enjoying a refreshing cup of char in the Imperial Tea Rooms when he glanced at his newspaper and to his utter desolation read that the pitiful Ms Emin was now Professor Emin. A scream of outrage then occurred and fellow imbibers hurriedly left without paying their bills. That was some years ago.

    • Politically__Incorrect

      As I’m sure you know Inspector, academic accolades like “professor” have less to do with ability or learning than with having the right political views and , in the case of Ms Emmin, having slept with the right people. The evidence of the latter can then be put on display as an “installation” and will wow the gullible who are happy to be told what is good art instead of deciding for themselves if something looks nice or is just a thoughtless heap of crap thrown together by a jumped-up nobody. Talking of the latter, Ms Emmins’ drawings, which is apparently the subject of her professorship, would not look out of place on the walls of a nursery playroom.

      • Inspector General

        You’re probably right P_I. Last one heard of the wretched woman she was taking ‘drawing lessons’. One joshes you not.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Was this in your Black Street-walker phase? One has to ask…

      • Inspector General

        Please don’t do this to the Inspector, Mrs Proudie. It brings back unpleasant memories of the Duggan riots this very month 6 years ago. Mercifully, BLM weren’t around them. Lord knows what could have happened here if they were…

        • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

          Enough said, Mum’s the word, hush hush….

  • Skidger

    Perhaps Mrs stogie-eating Krankie fishwife should be reminded that there is no such thing as “Scottish waters” except miners,l but then our dear English Buxton is so much more superior don’t you agree?

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Yes indeed, though Malvern Water agrees with me the most.

  • platoscave

    Google Islamic Prayers at Oldham Council Meeting to see the future of this country.

    • Then read this account of the ‘lovely’ Naz Shah Labour MP for Bradford West and the ‘delightful’ family she comes from, her ‘honest efforts and toil’ to get to where she is today, a rising star in the Labour party. Read right to then end, says all you need to know about what sort of party it has now become.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4804176/MP-hyprocrisy-Naz-Shah-accused-racism-herself.html

      • IanCad

        Thanks for the link Marie. This is not going to go away. Corbyn has a problem on his hands.

      • bluedog

        Excellent, Marie. One notes from the article that M/s Shah has previously suggested, ‘A ‘solution’ to the Middle East conflict, she declared on Facebook, is to ‘relocate Israel into the United States’, adding that ‘transportation costs will be less than three years of defence spending… problem solved’.

        Now there’s an interesting precedent, and she seems to have done the sums. Delete Israel, insert ‘Pakistanis and other British Muslims’. Where to send them?

        • We should send her back to Pakistan.

  • Ivan M

    You are not the only worthy artist that the Arts Council has shunned, Mrs P.

    https://youtu.be/lflL-EFhPIA

  • David

    Thankful greetings Mrs Proudie.
    Contemporary “Art”, in all its vacuousness merely proves conclusively the shallowness, indeed infantile nature, of western culture in denial of its true bedrock for hope and forward confidence, which was and could be yet again, God willing, the Christian faith coupled to reason and science.

    • betteroffoutofit

      Yes, David. Much related to the principle of the ‘Search for Truth,’ I do believe!

  • Lucius

    “Anti-statue-ism is yet another American import we can well do without.”

    The current hostility by leftists toward Confederate statues in America is mere pretext. It begins with Confederate statues, it will transition to those of America’s Founding Fathers (e.g., Washington, Jefferson, etc.) deemed “unworthy” by the left, and it will end with the real push, that is, the destruction of the Constitution itself. That simple piece of parchment and ink that has served as a bulwark against grand leftist designs.

    It’s all too familiar because similar tactics were employed by the LGBT lobby. They initially argued “civil unions” and the mere right to be free to engage in private consensual conduct (after all, who would disagree with this), but it was all smoke and mirrors concealing the real objective of homosexuality as a positive moral behavior and any disagreement therewith base bigotry to be punished under law.

  • At times the glass can be half-full and the good news, Mrs P, is that the folks who put the statuary of the brave Admiral Horatio …known for heartlessly blasting fellow members of the EU with grape shot and 35-pounders… had the forethought to plonk him atop a tall Ionic column with no hand-holds for the chubby rascals to crawl up and be nasty.

  • Father David

    I think we ought to mount a 24/7 guard around the base of Nelson’s column – either that or replace Landseer’s lions with the real thing borrowed from London Regent’s Park Zoological Gardens.