This week’s Last Orders looks at the debate over the BBC, Oxford University’s Classics course, Sinn Féin and the IRA, the launch of our new ‘Bible Studies’ section, the uber-liberality of Hollywood, Boris Watch, the 2017 film Foxtrot, the current plight of journalists, and the alarmism of the Remain campaign.

Social Conservatism in the News

The ongoing debate on the future of the BBC has spiked recently, with arguments touching on the license fee, the programmes it produces, and its place amongst competitors such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Again, like many modern debates, some will twist the argument to focus solely on the economics of the issue. Whilst this is important, one must recognise the great cultural significance of the BBC.

Make no mistake, what the BBC has become in recent decades is despicably liberal and partisan. However, should we tear this once-great institution down, because of its current nadir of quality? Like many of the problems today – stretching from the criminal justice system, to how people speak – the current state of the BBC is a symptom of the decline of this nation. We should hold on to the BBC, in the hope that it will return to its previous self.

Proposals have been made in Oxford University to make Homer’s Illiad and Virgil’s Aeneid mere optional readings in the university’s classics course. In a patronising attempt to make the course more accessible for students, especially ones from state schools, Oxford university digs its own grave. Thought the university cannot be entirely blamed, as there has been a drop in schools teaching Latin and Greek over recent decades.

The egalitarian establishment, who imposed the devastating comprehensive educational system upon this country, have doomed traditional subjects like classics to the past. This country should return to an academically-selective, tripartite system of education, instead of not admitting that the comprehensive experiment, which selects students based on wealth, has failed miserably. Article from the Daily Mail available HERE.

Speaking after her party’s success at the recent General Election, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has sought to assure people that the IRA no longer plays any sort of role within the party. Saying that ‘the IRA has gone away and democracy is the order of the day’, McDonald’s comments will surely be a welcome soundbite for all. We shall have to wait and see, however, if tensions between the North and the Republic continue to grow after Brexit, and whether Sinn Féin will continue their growth in popularity in the years to come. Irish Times article available HERE.

 

Watering Hole

Bournbrook Magazine is delighted to announce Bournbrook’s Bible Studies, a new section of Watering Hole content. In this, different parts of the Bible will be studied. Noah’s Ark is the first story analysed in this section, with columnist Luke Perry touching upon the ideas of free will, destruction and rebirth. Available to read HERE.

Luke also wrote on Hollywood this week, producing a scathing, but comical, attack on the wokeness of certain Hollywood figures. Available to read HERE.

Boris Watch had been updated this week, rounding up the issues of the current government and prime minister. A lavish holiday, comments on eugenics by a new adviser and the new British passports are all written about. Available to read HERE.

Culture columnist Matthew Bruce had written an article on the 2017 film Foxtrot. Matthew describes the important issues the film touches upon, and links it to other films with similar, moving ideas. Available to read HERE.

 

Socially Conservative Commentary

Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens has poignantly warned of the current issues in the world of journalism. Hitchens has consistently shown falsities and absurdities in the reporting of the poison gas scandal emanating from Syria, warning also that we should not return to the previous folly of intervention. Hitchens teaches us all a lesson of the past from the USSR, showing how western journalists did a great disservice by lying about truthful reports of Stalin famine – all to keep themselves from losing their positions and jobs. Article from the Mail on Sunday available HERE.

Douglas Murray, writing for the National Review, draws upon the absurdities from the past of the Remain campaign. Murray examines parts of the alarmism that ensued before, during and after the referendum in 2016, showing the absolute nonsense of it all. National Review article available HERE.

 

Quote of the Week

Therefore, to avoid a state of perpetual strife, humanity must learn to suppress its primal instincts and passions – to act like humans instead of wild animals. If humanity learns from its previous mistakes, the world can be a safe place, a just place and a place where God would never dream of destroying.’

– Luke Perry, No Escape: Lessons from Noah’s Ark. Available to read HERE.