Day: 14 June 2020

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Quite a short update today I'm afraid. It was my youngest son's 12th birthday yesterday and being with him and making sure he's having a nice time have kept me busy. Longer one tomorrow, I hope. Moral Relativism and the Collapse of the Rule of Law A riot policeman faces a group of rioters in London in 2011 This is a blog post I wrote for the Telegraph in the immediate aftermath of the riots that engulfed many of England’s cities for four days in the summer of 2011. It was published on 11th August 2011. I thought I'd post it today, given the disturbances we witnessed in London yesterday. Towards the beginning of Lord of the Flies, William Golding’s masterpiece about a group of teenage boys marooned on a desert island, a scene takes place in which the most vicious of the boys, Roger, throws stones at a younger boy whose sandcastle he’s just knocked down: Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law. Roger’s arm was conditioned by a civilization ...

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