Welcome to the first in our ‘Last Orders’ series, a weekly round-up of socially conservative news, edited by Michael Psaras, from both here at Bournbrook and the wider field!

 

Social conservatism in the news

Under the pretext of an attempt to restore devolution, MPs in Westminster have managed to push through changes in the law in Northern Ireland, allowing same-sex marriage and a liberalisation in their abortion laws. It seems many progressives, who once applauded devolution, can throw it under the bus when they get a chance to impose their ideals.

Knife crime, and crime as a whole, has yet again increased, according to recent statistics. There are three routes our country could possibly take in response. First, we could carry on as we are and change nothing substantial – resulting in crime as a whole spiralling out of control with anarchy soon following. The second route, which can be observed in contemporary China, is to increasingly arm our police to the teeth and reach for harsh, but unjust, measures such as imprisonment without trial.  Finally, the most effective route, is to stem the tide of crime with a preventative, foot-patrolling police force backed by the criminal justice system we once relied on – with a re-moralisation of society occurring alongside it. I think you can guess which option won’t be utilised… – For more information, see our tweet HERE.

On Brexit – is it still a calamitous cesspool of competing factions who don’t realise how out of touch they are with the common man? Well, is the Pope a Catholic?

Watering Hole

William Parker, once again, has been looking some of latest political events concerning Brexit. Commenting on last Saturday’s parliamentary sitting, William had rightly touched upon the damage done to our uncodified constitution. This is largely the result of filling the House of Commons with cajoling baby-talkers who tread on our constitutional documents as if they were useless, outdated pieces of paper, and the House of Lords being filled with the stooges of Blair and Cameron. Whatever happens with Brexit, do not be fooled into thinking our constitution needs updating. It is the MPs themselves who need to change. – Available HERE.

Editor Michael Curzon had recently visited Charlecote Park, writing on it to launch Bournbrook Magazine’s new ‘Grand Tour’ section. With both national and international places to be written about, we hope this will provide ideas for potential trips and an escape from the doom and gloom found quite often in this publication! – Available HERE.

Matthew Bruce also wrote for us on the history of François Truffaut, and his fascination with French silent cinema. A welcome break from the quagmire of daily politics, it is an interesting and well-informed account of a part of culture that may not get as much recognition as it is due. – Available HERE.

Finally, new contributor Dylan Oakley wrote on the decline of mental health in today’s youth. Looking at the role that social media plays in this, Dylan argues that the government needs to do much more in order to curb this trend, and stop the degradation of the well being of children in modern society. Available HERE.

Social conservatism in commentary 

Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens published an essay for Unherd earlier this week on Trafalgar Day, explaining how he was made to be a reactionary from childhood. He provides a glimpse into the past that so many of us today have missed out on, and the article is well worth a read. – Available HERE.

Writing for the Spectator, Douglas Murrays continues to the examine the fashionable trend of ‘the politicisation of absolutely everything’. Its latest victim? A new Chick-fil-A outlet in Berkshire. Available HERE.

Quote of the week

‘But of all the ways in which people can find meaning in their lives, politics – let alone politics on such a scale – is one of the unhappiest. Politics may be an important aspect of our lives, but as a source of personal meaning it is disastrous. Not just because the ambitions it strives after nearly always go unachieved, but because finding purpose in politics laces politics with a passion – including a rage – that perverts the whole enterprise.’ – Douglas Murray, The Madness of Crowds (2019).

 

 

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