Feminism Rules –OK?
I am inspired to write this particular comment not just because the Church of England has given overwhelming support to women becoming Bishops, but more because its selection boards have instructed the churches to give priority to women. I find it odd that ever since the foundation of the Christian Church, immediately following the work of its founder, Jesus Christ, bishops, like priests, were always men. There, I must leave the subject to more informed practising Christians as I am only a nominal one. However, I do ask if it is but a symptom of the rising power of Feminism which now dominates Western thinking and action stretching from Hollywood to the media and its political class.
Before I go any further Iwould stress for the benefit of new readers that I am not some elderly misogynist who would deny women the equal right, at equal pay, to fill whatever post, sectarian or non-sectarian. I worked with them at an early age in industrial chemistry, where I was usually the junior. Later, I worked with some women and met many in trade journalism, where some of them were the best editors or sharpest reporters.
The issue of letting feminism determine so many aspects of life is reflected in Cameron’s decision to bring more of his back-bench woman MPs into the Coalition Cabinet. There was nothing in the record of thigh-flashing Esther McVey that suggested she would offer much as the new Education Minister, other than that the leftie women in the NUT union would prefer her to the outspoken Michael Gove. His appointment of Liz Truss as Minister for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was probably because he was told she was a Norfolk MP. “That’s pretty rural, yes? So I will put her in”, Cameron might have said. But Miss Truss has never shown any interest in agriculture whatsoever. This was in contrast with Owen Paterson who was dumped from the post, despite his popularity and keen interest in all things rural. Ask the people of the Somerset Levels.
The now liberal-leaning Daily Telegraph let one of their new young women columnists have her say on these two concomitant areas where feminism has been advanced. Headed “Women are on the march” it was written by Isabel Hardman. She graduated from Exeter University in 2007 as a liberal democrat and first wrote ( surprise, surprise) for the Guardian. Here are just some of her points, which seem to reflect similar attitudes from most feminist writers today, with my comments in italics.
“Angela Merkel is basking in the glow of World Cup victory, as the most admired and arguably the most influential leader in the world.”
It is worth mentioning that men achieved the victory and will continue to do so in this sphere unless some radical biological changes come about. Some may prefer Marine Le Pen as the “most admired” political leader.
“The coming generations of women are ready to achieve even more. Girls now outperform boys right up until they graduate from university.”
She does not refer to the very low number of women graduates in the sciences, particularly physics and biology, or in maths. This is where women are not “outperforming their male colleagues.”
“No wonder some thinkers have made excited prophecies of “the end of men”.
If this came about where would you find a woman composer to equal, let alone “outperform”, Beethoven, Elgar, Sibelius and their equivalents in popular music? In painting you will have to find somebody better than Tracey Emin.
All Is Not Lost
In the same paper a day later (July 16) Mary Kenny had an article headed “If a girl isn’t interested in science, don’t force her to be”.
I met Mary Kenny some 40 years ago when I was speaking for Andrew Fountaine at a parliamentary by-election in Acton. She was an outspoken, attractive young Irish woman spewing forth her then recent university-given left wing views. Today, she is still attractive, still very much Irish, but now writes and talks excellent good sense.
In her article she supports the view of a psychologist at Glasgow University, Dr Gijsbert Soet, who has argued that it is unlikely we will ever have an equal number of males and females in science and engineering. He told the British Education Studies Association recently that girls too often say these subjects are “boring”. Biology and nature, he suggested, will generally nudge females away from them.
She then adds her own view that “it’s considered heresy today to suggest that ‘equality’ is not completely attainable in every field of human endeavour, and Dr Stoet has been duly shot down. A person who thinks men and women are different may well be accused of being a ‘biological determinist’, and there are few worse insults than that.”
Further on Mary Kenny adds the telling insight that broadly speaking, women are drawn to the human factor: to story, biography, psychology and language.
Finally, I was much taken by her observation that “some people still secretly harbour the thought that men and women are wired up differently – especially the parents of daughters and sons, who can be quite taken aback by how insistent little girls are about emulating Disney princesses, and how little boys prefer rough games.”
Running for Money?
When Mo Farah became the 5,000 and 10,000 metres Olympic Champion in the London Olympic Games the media ensured he became a national hero. This brilliant Somalian distance runner was held up as an example for other immigrants to follow: to become a British subject, excel in a sport, an art or a business, not only for your own benefit but for the nation you have now joined.
Mo Farah dealt the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last month a major blow when he made the “tough decision” to withdraw from the competition. He had been sick with stomach pains a fortnight before and he said from his home that his body had not recovered completely. Therefore he would concentrate on getting fit for August’s big European Athletics meeting. And where was the ‘home’ that Mo was speaking from? He’s moved, in case you don’t know, from the West London suburbs to Portland, USA. A week or so before I was informed that he has transferred his money earnings to a bank in Canada for a better return. If you were not a “National Hero”, why not?
Incidentally, when our adopted national hero runs at the European Athletics meeting its rules state that appearance fees and non-cash prizes go up to the value of $50,000. It should be noted that the financial rewards of appearing in the Commonwealth Games are “bugger all”, apart from your travel expenses . You just compete for the honour of it.
Why is it that Alastair Brownlee who won the triathlon gold in the London Olympics – his brother Jonathan won the bronze – as he has again at the Commonwealth Games, has not been put on the same status as Mo Farah? After all, immediately after completing the 1,500 metre swim and then the 40,000 metre bike ride Alastair Brownlee’s time for the final 10,000 metres run was only 97 seconds more than Mighty Mo’s 10,000 metres on the track!
DNA Gives Racial Group Differences
Aided by considerable researching in various science journals, back in October 2005 I prepared an article for Identity magazine (now defunct) on “How Small Genetic Difference Give Racial Diversity”. With some up-dating this was re-published on the Brit Dem website last year and can still be found if you click on ‘Immigration’ in the top bar and then select ‘Race’.
In the introduction you will see that I said that since the original Human Genome Project was completed in 2000 further developments have clearly demonstrated that quite small genetic differences can produce disproportionate results that substantiate the fact that racial differences are a reality (Note ‘differences’ is the key word, not superiority or inferiority). Although human DNA carries 25,000 genes, only 360 of them account for differences between individuals and groups. As this was only about 0.1 per cent some scientists of the liberal-left persuasion said that this supported the view that race is a ‘biological fiction’.
It was understood at the time when I wrote my article that some 80 per cent of our DNA was junk, mainly left over from our evolutionary past. Now, in a paper just published in PLOS Genetics by Prof Chris Ponting of the Medical Research Council’s Functional Genomics Unit at Oxford University, it is discovered that just 8.2 per cent of the human genome is actually functioning to make us who we are and keep our cells ticking over.
Now, those 360 different genes found in the main racial groupings, grow to more significance by a factor of ten.
Suffolk Goes Multicultural
“Lower-year groups in schools in Suffolk have the highest numbers of pupils for whom English is not a first language.”
This surprising comment from a report in the Daily Telegraph (22.7.14) shows that there are a diminishing number of rural retreats for ‘culturally enriched’ Brits trapped in big cities to run to. The report was concerning the Hillside Community School in Ipswich – which is not really typical of rural Suffolk as Ipswich has long been a home for West Indian immigrants, most of whom present few problems. Among the 471 pupils 58 languages are spoken. These include Nigerian dialects, Kurdish, Polish and Portuguese. The latter two are children of horticultural foreign workers who are filling jobs local Brits won’t do. Nevertheless, as a NUT member teacher says: “A disproportionate amount of time has to be spent on those children because it takes longer to explain things to them.”
The main market town in mid-Suffolk is delightful Bury St.Edmunds. Most, but not all, of the Afro-Asian faces you see there are American Service personnel from our occupiers’ bases at Mildenhall and Lakenheath. Perhaps not unlike the Bury in Lancashire, the East Anglian Bury has some odd characters who make the news from time to time.
There is for example the turbulent priestess Frances Ward, the Dean of St.Edmundsbury. She has written a stiff letter to local Tory MP David Ruffley about his alleged assault on his former girl friend (by the time you read this the Party may have given him the boot). The Dean, who is a long-standing friend of Ruffley’s ill-treated ex, earlier this year announced she had joined the Green Party.
I am told that it is rumoured that as the C of E selection boards will now give priority to women when appointing new bishops, Frances Ward will fit most of the requirements.