Honi soit qui mal y pense
Happened to see that a playwright, David Hare [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hare_(playwright)], has said that a man kissing a woman 20 years his junior (as occurs in Hare’s own films known as The Worricker Trilogy [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Page_Eight]), is “disgusting” and “so wrong“. Really?
This is not something about which I have strong feelings either way, but one does not have to turn to the Old Testament to see that liaisons between older men and younger women, even with age gaps of 20 or 30 years, are not uncommon in many parts of the world. In fact, they are not terribly unusual even in the UK and other parts of Europe today. Some such liaisons are sanctified by marriage rituals, others take place covertly.
What occurs to me is that the attitudes of society, at least in the UK, and perhaps mainly among the kind of people who scribble for newspapers, have changed. Today, in the UK, as compared to, say, the UK of the 1970s, 1950s, or 1850s, an approved msm figure (David Hare is Sir David Hare) can describe an age-gap relationship as “disgusting” and “wrong“, but woe betide anyone who used such a description to describe (or condemn) a sexual relationship between two men, or two women, or between persons of radically different races or nationalities…
As for Sir David himself, he is not directly affected by the age aspect, married as he is to a Jewish woman who is one year older than him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicole_Farhi.
In the end, this is a question to which (in my opinion) there is no “answer”, except that given by individuals, and also by the society in which those individuals live. I do not think that there is one right answer for all places and all times.
Tweets on that topic
Other David Hare views
I agree —in part— with Hare about the way in which the BBC gradually lost its Reithian “inform, educate, and entertain” basis.
Hare says that “news” (much of it the BBC acting as a government mouthpiece) has displaced everything else. I hear what Hare says about that, but for me, while I can agree with what he says about BBC News, the BBC long ago put “entertainment” (and pathetically poor much of it is) before the informing and educating of the public.
Whatever. The BBC is now pretty poor and possibly unsalvageable without the sacking of most of its staff.
I blogged a few years ago about this aspect of the general craziness that now contaminates society: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2018/11/15/when-reality-becomes-subjective/.
In fact, the kefuffle at Sussex University, and the general madness around “trans” this or that, is what happens when the anti-free-speech genie is let out of the bottle…
It seems that the Welsh Government is going to continue to force people in Wales to wear facemasks (and to work from home) until 2022. I think that central (UK) government should cut what amounts to its subsidy to Wales. They (the Welsh Government, not the people) want to make choices that make Wales less efficient? Fine, but the UK will not subsidize the economic consequences of those choices.
Translation: “I hate free speech and freedom of expression by those who stand up for European race and culture.”
Bethell is a member of the House of Lords because…because his father and grandfather (etc) were. He has been implicated in “cronyism” scandal, and is married to a Chinese woman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Bethell,_5th_Baron_Bethell.
Bethell was unable to comply with ministerial standards when he was a junior minister: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58602879. A typical UK System drone.
Bethell’s father was a more substantial figure: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Bethell,_4th_Baron_Bethell.
What was that definition of “insanity” again?…
The Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan…
Late afternoon music