Dalrymple’s H.M. Bateman moment

Screen Shot 2016-07-10 at 20.59.07Dalrymple is asked on a radio programme whether fox-hunting,

being brutal and primitive, has a bad effect on the character and behaviour of those who practise it,

and if so, whether this bad effect

justifies outlawing it.

Dalrymple replies that

any such effect, if it exists — which, given the elaborate rules and ritual governing fox-hunting, is most unlikely — is of tiny social significance compared with the bad effect that football exerts on both its practitioners and its audience.

There is a stunned silence in the studio.

It was as if I had gone to Mecca and said there was no God.

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‘I don’t care what you all say: there is no God and Mohammed is not His prophet’

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