As it is an error to imagine that the current disaster in the Catholic Church had its beginning in the social and sexual revolution of the 1960s, so it is clear that the catastrophes currently engulfing the mother country have their roots deep in modern British history. I am just reading the memoirs of the late William F. Deedes, the great 20th century journalist, wrote in his memoirs of his first job in the trade in 1931. He describes the Morning Post as “extremely right wing,” the sort of paper in which the managers of great country estates would advertise for butlers, and which the butler would iron in the morning to lay alongside the breakfast dishes.
The Morning Post, he said, was starting to decline after the First World War after which, he said, “the style of life in this country changed radically”.
“The Labour party was on the horizon. Round a true-blue newspaper of mildly eccentric habits, which declared that it stood foremost for King and Country, shadows gathered.”
Dark shadows indeed.