♦ moral relativism
It has disastrous effects on those worst off, those least able to withstand the practical results of moral anarchy.
♦ loss of self-control
It leaves people trapped in cheerless self-pitying hedonism and the brutality of the dependency culture.
♦ the British
Now they are all the Lumpenproletariat.
♦ middle-class emulation of the barbarian
When you imitate something, the role becomes the reality.
♦ Jimmy Savile
The start of an evangelical vulgarisation that has proved unstoppable.
♦ English downward cultural aspiration
Among the causes:
⇒ Loss of confidence of the middle class (which is quite easy to enter, unlike France which is far more snobbish).
⇒ Loss of British power and influence in the world. It’s catastrophic when that happens.
In France, politicians pretend to be more cultured than they are; in Britain it’s the opposite.
♦ exports of UK vulgarity
Why anyone finds British culture attractive I can’t imagine.
♦ British urban residents
Barbarians camped out in the ruins of an older, superior civilisation they don’t understand.
You don’t have to wait 3,000 years for litter to become archæology before it tells you something. You can track diet, habits, attitudes, how people see the world. It’s a complete loss of interest in the public space.
♦ his character
People have great difficulty marking themselves out as individuals. I didn’t, but I’m odd. From an early age I was contrary. Not in any aggressive or egotistical way. But I was always quite happy that I knew best. It’s not true, of course, but I never let it destroy the illusion.
♦ the worst fate
To be an intelligent and sensitive person born into the British underclass. The social pressure on you to fail is enormous. I remember a girl who wanted to study French but ‘they said I was stupid because I was clever’. Can you imagine growing up in that environment?
♦ British education
A modern miracle. People come out of school knowing less than when they went in.
♦ England’s cultural level
Extremely low, at least on a mass scale. The British are so degraded culturally they can’t even answer the telephone properly.
♦ Britain’s ‘service economy without the service’
The English can’t tell the difference between service and servitude, which is a terrible thing in a service economy.
♦ emotional constipation
The British used to be known for it. Now it’s emotional incontinence.
♦ why he became a psychiatrist
The permanent condition of mankind. Life would be intolerable without it. We would all be so smug.
A society that tolerates everything is rather bad. Shouting, screaming, intimidation. We are prepared to tolerate public vomiting, but if you use the term ‘actress’, you are a sexist. A very well-educated lady told me public vomiting is all right: ‘They can clear it up.’ This is how the élite thinks. They are so anxious not to seem narrow-minded or bigoted, or of being ‘judgmental’.