It is the time of Cowards.
Many who are 'ruled' seem to adore such wicked leaders. Such folk may be excused for their youthful ignorance, but not by folk in the Tavern. One can be young and stupid without being vicious, destructive and deranged at the same time. But one can no longer be astonished seeing a 'yoof' wearing a Che T-shirt.
Two items were presented at the bar which illustrated this so well. One from what seems a while ago (well, 1968 was before many here were born) and one from just the other day. Both touched on the same issue, but with a slightly different slant.
And they were not talking just about suicide bombers (who are anything but cowards, let's face it). Such people have little power except over life and death of very small numbers. They are growing in numbers of course and are a real worry, but they did not come down with the rain.
They were invited in.
People did warn. Enoch Powell for example tried hard to warn but was roundly villified by .... yes, the Cowards.
Cowards are often 'small' in character. Powell was a man of great stature. He joined WW2 as a Private and left a Brigadier. You do not get to do that if you are a coward. He warned his fellow politicians, cowards the lot of them, and even when thrown into the metaphorical Tiber himself, stuck to his principles and his view.....
The more recent man, Douglas Murray did not so much predict what is going to happen (as he has done elsewhere) or the extent of the problem we find ourselves dragged into by our politicians (as he has done elsewhere) but has put his finger firmly on what it is the cowards do.
Cowards avoid contronting. They avoid the truth. Cowards hide behind things: skirts, children, mendacities, you name something that can deflect attention from their lack of character and there you will find a political coward lurking.
Cowards fear Character. They fear Principle.
Here Murray illustrates his point starting with the political and 'police' treatment of a fairly modest fellow in Britain: one who does not have 'power' but does have principle and character. He progresses his argument to the point - "we have internalised the Fatwa". It is shocking and true.
In the words of someone famous who is oft' seen standing on street corners, "We'rrrrr allll dooomed", and so we are. We shall all die some day. But will you die a coward or with the sword of truth in your hand.
Drink up, and if I see you in a Che t-shirt, your drinking privileges might be removed.