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The Leftist desecrators

Selfridges, Birmingham: arguably the ugliest building in the English midlands

Dalrymple points out that people who have been brought up among beauty—natural and man-made—are more likely to value it, whereas Leftists are

likely to see in it only manifestations of past injustice. That is, perhaps, one reason why social democracy, so called, has so little valued the preservation of beauty in the past, or rather has worked so hard to destroy it, for if not everyone can live in beauty, no one shall.

Nothing that has been built under social democracy’s régime

has any æsthetic merit, rather the contrary. Our architecture breathes resentment and spite.

Why so many Western tourists are detested the world over

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 07.46.11 After their act of desecration, four of the Mount Kinabalu cretins spent three days in a Malaysian prison and were fined $1,000 each. The people of northern Borneo, Dalrymple points out, ‘were not evangelising for their beliefs; on the contrary, they were welcoming strangers to come to their place that they regarded with reverence and awe. Common courtesy should have been enough to suggest to these people that they should not act in this fashion. This behaviour was gross in its offensiveness’

One of the effects of the silly, noxious Western ideology of multiculturalism, writes Dalrymple, is that it renders people utterly

uninterested in, or insensitive to, the ideas or feelings of people of cultures other than their own.

Anyone who has tried to understand another culture,

or even master literature in a foreign language, knows that it requires great effort and determination and not just an occasional tasting of a different cuisine. It is unlikely that anyone could master both Pali Buddhist scriptures and the ninth-century Arabic of Moslem philosophers.

The doctrinal, abstract commitment to respect other cultures

is not the same as the effort to understand just one of them.

Dalrymple draws attention to the detestable fashion among Westerners of photographing themselves naked at temples or other sites of cultural or religious significance (though not at mosques — these Westerners are stupid but not insane, so, like their intellectual leaders, they pick targets they think are soft). According to the Paris newspaper the Monde,

it is a kind of epidemic.

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 08.30.49 They got off lightly

Dalrymple expresses his revulsion for the actions of Western tourists in Borneo and elsewhere. He singles out the British, saying:

The conduct abroad of tourists from my own country is notoriously disgusting and disrespectful of local mores.

He points to the connection between multiculturalism as received wisdom and the foul behaviour of these tourists.

Birmingham’s giant pissoir

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The much-loved Free Public Library (left): rebuilt superbly in 1882 after a fire, demolished in 1974

Dalrymple confesses that he finds it difficult to write temperately on the subject of the mass desecration of Britain’s architectural heritage, which often, he says, leaves him

trembling with rage. My wife tells me to calm down; as she rightly notes, I can do nothing about this disaster now.

No town or city in Britain, he writes,

has inherited so little in the way of beauty that officials did not think it worth destroying.

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Birmingham Central Library: opened 1974, demolished 2015, replaced with something just as bad if not worse

It was the hope, for instance, of Sir Herbert Manzoni, an energetic city engineer and surveyor of Birmingham with modish proclivities,

to pull down every non-modernist building in Birmingham’s city centre.

Fortunately Sir Herbert dropped dead before achieving his ambition,

but he got quite far, and his spirit sputtered on after him.

The magnificent Victorian library

was pulled down and replaced with an inverted concrete ziggurat of such ugliness and, before long, dilapidation, that it defied description, at least by me.

Paris 1865

Ordinary, human-sized pissoir. Paris, 1865

Rapists’ haven

The environs of the library served as

a giant pissoir and, at night, as a haven for drunks and rapists.

In this way

the Albert Speers of Britain converted the Victorian dream of municipal munificence into the nightmare of administered anomie.

Manzoni and Speer

Manzoni and Speer

The Church of England (Bolshevik)

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 07.56.41Aesthetic vandalism

There is hardly a beautiful church in the country, writes Dalrymple,

whose interior the Church of England has not wrecked by its pursuit of false gods. If ever a Bolshevik government were to come to power it would find its work of turning churches into museums of religion and atheism half-done.

Come into the cathedral, children. We've cleared away all that boring religious stuff to make it more relevant to you

Suffer the little yobs to come into the cathedral: we’ve cleared away all that boring religious stuff to make it more relevant to them

Visual desecration

In Winchester cathedral, for example, you will find

  • many dreadful modern artworks
  • stacks of steel chairs and other things one expects to find in a furniture warehouse
  • many brightly-coloured notices
  • a large cardboard cutout of a dinosaur
  • a prominent notice warning people to watch their step at the entrance to a side-chapel

The desecration is

indicative of a loss of confidence, of faith. There is nothing dedicated to the glory of God because there is no God.

I don't care what you say; those side-chapels are lethal

I don’t care what you say, those side-chapels are lethal

Authors of the barbarism

Among the many notices is one

informing visitors who is in the cathedral hierarchy, just as hospitals put up notices with photos of the most important people in the hospital (Director of Strategic Planning, Director of Diversity, Director of Quality Assurance, etc.)

Who is it exactly who presides over this aesthetic barbarism?

The aesthetic barbarism is presided over by the bishop, Dr Spacely-Trellis

Thus we may know who presides over

this mess, this aesthetic barbarism.

It is, of course, of a piece with what has been done to Winchester as a whole by the stupid, barbaric city council

in concert with the crudest commercial interests.

Postcards from Winchester

Wessex Hotel, just outside the cathedral: lovely old buildings were demolished in the early 60s so that it could be erected. It is, writes Dalrymple, 'of almost comical ugliness'

Wessex Hotel, just outside the cathedral: lovely old buildings were demolished in the early 60s so that it could be erected. Dalrymple writes that the hotel, which operates under the Mercure brand, is ‘of almost comical ugliness‘. Perhaps it is funnier for those who do not have to live opposite, near, or indeed within 100 miles of it

Friarsgate car park

Friarsgate car park

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Hampshire County Council offices, early 1960s

Hampshire County Council offices, early 1960s

Hampshire County Council offices, early 1960s

Hampshire County Council offices, early 1960s

 

The ugliness of the metal-frame Brooks shopping centre is not, writes Dalrymple, comical like the Wessex Hotel, 'it is criminal. One would advocate its immediate demolition if one had any confidence that it would be replaced by anything better'

The ugliness of the metal-frame Brooks shopping centre is not, writes Dalrymple, comical like the Wessex Hotel, ‘it is criminal. One would advocate its immediate demolition if one had any confidence that it would be replaced by anything better’

Postcards from Gloucester

Harris did it to Dresden, modernist architects to Gloucester

Bomber Harris did it to the Florence of the Elbe, modernist architect-desecrators have done it, and are still doing it, to the great cathedral city by the Severn

The destruction of a once charming old city

A glorious cathedral now surrounded by a modernist slum

How cack-handed, philistine, bogus architects of the last 60-odd years have spat upon their ancestors for being so much better and more talented than they

Gloucester, writes Dalrymple,

has been destroyed.

The one or two old buildings that remain

serve only to emphasise the dispiriting slumminess of all that was built in the second half of the twentieth century. In a way, the survivals make everything worse by the starkness of the contrast.

The workhouse in 1961 prior to demolition

The workhouse in 1961 prior to demolition

The revenge of mediocrity upon talent and taste

The destruction of old Gloucester

was not the consequence of German bombing during the Second World War: Gloucester was little bombed. Indeed, the German bombing of Britain was much used by modernist architects and town planners as an excuse for doing what they wanted to do in any case: spit upon their ancestors for being so much better and more talented than they.

It was

the revenge of mediocrity upon talent and taste, and it continues to this day. After the war, much could have been rebuilt: but neither the people nor their governors cared enough for their aesthetic heritage to do so.

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 10.21.55The modern hatred not of the injustice but of the achievements of the past

The architects and planners in Gloucester

made no distinction between a squalid slum tenement (which in the event they replaced by something just as bad, if bad in a different way) and a mediaeval priory or Georgian pump room. It was the latter, not the former, that they aimed at.

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 10.22.10It wasn’t that they wanted to raise people up.

They wanted to level them down. They wanted to create the New Man, that is to say the type who could not judge aesthetically of his own surroundings and therefore could aspire aesthetically to nothing.

The aesthetic terror

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 10.23.48They succeeded.

I doubt that one person in a hundred in Gloucester notices just how terrible his city is.

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Irrecoverable

Postcards from Alès

Dalrymple mourns the medieval city of Alès (formerly Alais), 25 miles from his home

Dalrymple mourns the old Gard city of Alès (formerly Alais), 25 miles from his home

The medieval city of Alais has been destroyed, Dalrymple points out. Mass housing 'of hideous inhumanity' has been substituted, 'on the orders of the communist city council'

The Marxist desecrators: Dalrymple explains that mediæval Alais is gone forever, demolished by the communist local authorities, which substituted inhumane Ceauşescu-style mass housing