The Regressive Left’s ‘Privilege’ Narrative

This showed up in my Twitter feed yesterday, from one of my English friends:


Here’s the story Siobhan and I were speaking of:

Rhodes Must Fall activists have become the very thing they hate

A cruel stunt by a group of Rhodes Must Fall activists has exposed just how detached from reality the regressive left’s ‘privilege’ narratives are. Ntokozo Qwabe, one of the most prominent figures of Oxford’s ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ movement, has been publicly gloating on social media about humiliating a white waitress in Cape Town.

Showing a stunning lack of self-awareness, Qwabe, in his recollection of the incident, does not recognise that as a student of law at one of the world’s most prestigious universities, he is probably more privileged than a waitress working a minimum-wage job. Even if she is white and he is black.

Qwabe recounted on his Facebook page how he and a group of fellow RMF activists were eating at a café in the Cape Town suburb of Observatory on Thursday, when a white waitress approached them with the bill and a slip to write down the amount of gratuity they wished to pay. In extremely callous language, Qwabe gleefully describes how he and his dinner companions decided to write on the slip, ‘WE WILL GIVE TIP WHEN YOU RETURN THE LAND.’

According to Qwabe, the waitress, upon seeing this, apparently started shaking then burst into tears. To which he responded with the glib comment, ‘like why are you crying when all we’ve done is make a kind request lol’. And with impeccable spite he characterised her crying as, ‘typical white tears’.

From The Spectator

Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t think it is ever appropriate to voice your complaints about a company, let alone a country to some poor inoffensive person who is merely trying to make a living. But’s that’s exactly what these execrable twits thought was a joke. I’m not sure exactly what I would have done if I’d been at the next table, but I’m pretty sure it would have been more than look sheepishly at my hands.

See that’s one of the things we, and the English, and yes, Cecil Rhodes himself stood for, giving each person an even break. Rhodes was for his time one of the least racist men around. You know those scholarships that he provided in his will. Do you know where they go? Here:

Code Will 1903 Description
Aus 6 6 Australia
Ban Bangladesh
Ber 1 1 Bermuda
Cey Ceylon and Sri Lanka
Can 2 2 Canada
Fr France
Ger 5 Germany
Gr Greece
HK Hong Kong
Ind India
Ire Ireland
It Italy
Jam 1 1 Jamaica
Ken Kenya
Mya Malaysia
Mal Malta
NL Netherlands
Nwf 1 1 Newfoundland — initially separate from Canada
NZ 1 1 New Zealand
Rhd 3 3 Rhodesia
Pak Pakistan
SA 5 5 “Southern Africa”
Si Singapore
Sp Spain
Uga Uganda
USA 32 32 USA
Zam Zambia
Zim Zimbabwe
Tot 52 57 Total

From Wikipedia

Doesn’t look all that racist to me. Especially if you compare it to an out and out racist like, oh, I don’t know, maybe his contemporary Woodrow Wilson, who has damaged race relations as much as any American.

By the way, I will complain to a waitress, about bad service, that is the extent of her responsibility, and it’s unfair to blame her for anything else. Complain to the manager, or somebody else in charge. Or in this case, maybe they should complain to President Jacob Zuma, who is about twice as black as, say, President Obama.

Of course, that wouldn’t fit their narrative nearly as well, would it?

Almost, but Not Quite

From the Daily Standard:

The magic number needed to capture the Republican presidential nomination in 1976 was 1,130 delegates, and Ronald Reagan was oh so close as the national convention prepared to convene.

After losing six straight primaries to President Gerald Ford early in the year, Reagan had come roaring back, attacking Ford for his weak foreign policy and deficit spending and winning the crucial North Carolina primary with help from Sen. Jesse Helms. Reagan achieved a political resurrection and posed the most serious challenge to an incumbent Republican president since 1912 when Theodore Roosevelt had taken on William Howard Taft.

After Reagan won the Texas, Indiana, Georgia and Alabama primaries, a nonplussed GOP establishment that favored Ford struggled to understand the former California governor’s appeal. Conservative author Richard Whalen made it easy for them: Reagan was doing well because he was “unsullied by Watergate, untainted by Vietnam, and uncorrupted by a Washington system that isn’t working.”

However, after failing to carry Ohio although easily winning his home state of California, Reagan realized that the political momentum was shifting back to Ford. Something dramatic had to be done. Breaking a long-held precedent, he announced his running mate before the convention: Sen. Richard Schweiker of Pennsylvania, a moderate conservative with a high rating from the AFL-CIO. Schweiker assured Reagan and his aides that he could pry loose delegates from Pennsylvania and other Northern states. […]

Anxious to achieve unity, Ford generously invited Reagan to join him on the platform following his acceptance speech. Reagan gave a rapt convention and tens of millions of viewers a taste of what they would have heard if he had been nominated. Without notes or a teleprompter, he speculated how Americans 100 years from now would look back at this time.

Would they say, “Thank God for those people in 1976 who headed off that loss of freedom; who kept us now a hundred years later free; who kept our world from nuclear destruction?” This was this generation’s challenge, Reagan declared. “Whether [the Americans of 2076] have the freedom that we have known up until now will depend on what we do here.”

via When Reagan Almost Won: The 1976 GOP Convention

And perhaps we shall, once again, have cause to quote the old English ballad that Reagan quoted the next day:

“I’ll lay me down and bleed awhile; although I am wounded, I am not slain. I shall rise and fight again.”

If so, we will know, once again, that it is the truth. And we shall return to the arena.

“Unparalleled” Roman villa found in Wiltshire

Embargoed to 0001 Sunday April 17 Undated handout photo issued by Past Landscapes Project of a Roman mosaic, found in a Roman Villa which was discovered by home owner Luke Irwin whilst he was laying electric cables in his garden at his Wiltshire farmhouse.

A Roman mosaic, found in a Roman Villa which was discovered by home owner Luke Irwin whilst he was laying electric cables in his garden at his Wiltshire farmhouse.

A fascinating story, that really fires my imagination. Just not something that happens here, is it? Did a trench across your yard and find your house is built atop a mansion built by the Romans.

In February of 2015, rug designer Luke Irwin was converting a small barn on his southwest Wiltshire property into a ping-pong room for his very lucky children. Not wanting to mar the beautiful landscape with an overhead cable strung from the farmhouse to the bar, Irwin insisted electricians lay the cables for the future game room underground. When they dug the trench, they came across a flat, hard layer 18 inches under the surface. It was a red, white and blue mosaic in a geometric woven pattern known as guilloche.

They identified the mosaic as a top quality Roman work of the kind you’d see only in the most expensive, important villas in Roman Britain. […]

The farmhouse stands on a slab of Purbeck marble that is likely of Roman origin.

Quite a bit more detail at the source link.

via The History Blog » Blog Archive » “Unparalleled” Roman villa found in Wiltshire


Fascinating stuff, isn’t it? It’s also rather amazing what they can learn from just a little detritus from a site like this. That’s one of the wonders of shows like Time Team, that show how the process works. The only people that were probably a bit miffed were the kids who got a delay in their ping pong room, and the electricians, who ran into a site condition, that I’ll bet they hadn’t made allowances for, likely was hard on their schedule, and profit as well.

The Changing Faces of the Papacy

This is a fascinating overview of the last 50 or so years of the Catholic church, not so much a lecture as an audio/visual memoir. While he doesn’t take anybody’s side in the controversies racking our churches, he gives a perspective on why things are as they are, one of the best talks I’ve heard anywhere. I think you’ll enjoy it, and profit from it.

His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor is a retired bishop and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster and former President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. He was created a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in the 2001 Consistory.

The next, and last, lecture for this year will be Bishop Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth

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The Queen’s 90th Birthday


UntitledcgffI wanted to write another post on leadership today, so I did.

Today is Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. Like the very luckily much younger (and far more beautiful) Laura says here, “she’s the only Queen of the United Kingdom, I’ve ever known”. And Britain and the Commonwealth, and yes, the United States, as well, is very lucky for that fact.

Like her mother, who I wrote about here, she has lived a life of duty; duty to her people, and to her God. She has lived it faithfully, far more than anybody else on the scene today, and the world is a far better place for her. Think about that, she has done her duty, every day, pretty much since the day her father became King, with the abdication of King Edward VIII. From being an ambulance driver (and mechanic) in the Second World War until today, she has never faltered, never flagged. How many of us will be able to look back and say that?

Her mother famously said, during the dark days of The Blitz, ” The children won’t go without me. I won’t leave the King. And the King will never leave.” And that is exactly how her daughter has lived her life. And we’re all much the better for it.

FILE - In this Saturday, June 13, 2015 file photo, Britain's Prince William holds his son Prince George, with Queen Elizabeth II, right, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales during the Trooping The Colour parade at Buckingham Palace, in London. Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, file)

FILE – In this Saturday, June 13, 2015, file photo, Britain’s Prince William holds his son, Prince George, with Queen Elizabeth II, right, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales during the Trooping The Colour parade at Buckingham Palace, in London. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, file)

I love the Queen. Like, I seriously love her. So far, I’ve narrowed it down to 60 reasons:

  1. She’s the only queen I’ve ever known.ca3d962ca934ade44e012b5822ec15c0
  2. She’s the only queen my parents have ever known.
  3. No one knows what’s in her handbag so she’s pretty much Mary Poppins.
  4. She got her training in statesmanship from Winston Churchill.
  5. She rocks the greatest hats.
  6. She still wears white gloves.
  7. Her grandson was lucky enough to marry Kate Middleton.
  8. She loves the Commonwealth, and puts up with the lot of us.
  9. Her hair looks like a giant diamond from a distance.
  10. She jumps out of aeroplanes.
  11. She’s the sexiest Bond girl ever.
  12. Her dad is Colin Firth.
  13. She was a car mechanic in the war.
  14. She fell in love with her future husband at the age of 13.
  15. She became queen while sleeping in a tree house in Africa.

Continue reading 60 Reasons I Love the Queen. (Sadly the link is no longer active)

And then the Queen also has let us know what wrong with the United States

Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government?
Are there any tips you can give me?”
“Well,” said the Queen,

“The most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people.”
Obama frowned, and then asked,

“But how do I know if the people around me are really intelligent?”
The Queen took a sip of champagne.

“Oh, that’s easy; you just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle, watch”
The Queen pushed a button on her intercom.
“Please send Tony Blair in here, would you?”
Tony Blair walked into the room and said,
“Yes, your Majesty?”

The Queen smiled and said,

“Answer me this please Tony.
Your mother and father have a child.
It is not your brother and it is not your sister.
Who is it?”
Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answered…

“That would be me.”
“Yes! Very good.” said the Queen.

Obama went back home to ask Joe Biden the same question.
“Joe, answer this for me.”

Continue reading The Queen’s Riddle.

My dearest friend, and editor, Jessica, has an excellent article today on All Along the Watchtower, about this wondrous anniversary today as well.

My Country Tis of Thee done Right

Long Live the Queen – God save the Queen!


Newman Lecture: Bishop Graham James

From his biography:

The Rt Revd (Dr) Graham James
Bishop of Norwich

The Rt Revd Graham James was ordained in Peterborough in 1975 and later working in Welwyn Garden City, Church House – Westminster (where he had responsibility for overseeing the selection procedures for candidates for ordination in the Church of England), Canterbury (where he was appointed as Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, and later, George Carey).
He was consecrated Bishop of St. Germans in 1993, returning to his native Cornwall, but moved to Norwich at the end of 1999 and was enthroned as Bishop of Norwich on 29 January 2000.

Bishop Graham has been an active member of the House of Lords since 2004. He is currently Chair of the Ministry Division which is responsible for the selection and training of all candidates for ordination.

Bishop Graham has also been a Board Member of the Countryside Agency and been much involved in rural issues. In 2011, he was invited to join the Lords Select Committee on Communications and took up the responsibility as the Church of England’s lead spokesman on media issues. He is patron or president of over thirty organisations and a regular guest on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.


I found this to be a very interesting lecture, especially with regards to the modern history of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, which as Jessica has told us, was before the Reformation one of Catholicism’s great pilgrimage sites. It seems in many ways to be becoming one again, it’s certainly on my list of places I want to go. I also find it interesting that the first Catholic Mass held at the Shrine was by the United States Army Air Forces, shortly after VE day.

Sometimes we forget, especially those of us that are Protestants, that our traditions, like our Roman brothers and sisters, go back to Jesus, not just to the Reformation.

Next week will be as Professor Charmley noted, a bit of view from the other side of the hill with Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Conner, former Archbishop of Westminster.

As always, sponsored by:

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