If you’ve got 17 minutes to spare I urge you to watch thisvideo (currently being circulated on Twitter).
And if you haven’t got 17 minutes to spare, then make some spare. It will infuriate, enlighten, delight and terrify you all at the same time.
It’s an interview given by the great English cricketer Ian Botham to a bunch of Scottish schoolkids in 1986 for a BBC TV programme called Open To Question.
Here they are, teenage kids, with a rare opportunity to ask a genuine sporting legend any question they want.
But all they want to do is harangue him earnestly about his male chauvinist attitudes to domestic chores and his apparently unhealthy love of “blood” sports like shooting and deer-stalking and his support of Margaret Thatcher.
An Eighties-permed missy opens the batting by asking:
“You only do the clean jobs when bringing up a baby. Changing the nappy – why not?”
Then comes the next question:
“If it’s only you that doesn’t change nappies why do you classify this as women’s work?”
Then the next:
“Is your wife satisfied with your attitude to child-rearing or do you think she resents your apparent immersion in your own sport?”
“Do you not think it would be so much better if Mrs Thatcher would put some of the money she uses in defence into research and therefore help us out before she destroys the world?”
The assault never stops. It’s like Children of the Corn meets the Korean War. The questioning has the relentlessness and doctrinaire zeal of Red Army soldiers swarming across the Imjin River.
Read the rest at Breitbart.
When is it wrong for a child to be taught discipline, responsibility and a love and understanding of the traditional ways of British country life?
When that lesson involves guns and game fowl, apparently.
Hence the story in today’s Daily Mail in which we are invited to be shocked by the fact that author and TV presenter Susannah Constantine has put up photographs on Instagram of her ten-year old daughter Cece beaming proudly, her face smeared in the blood of the first mallard duck she has shot and is pictured holding round its neck.
“Depressing”, “irresponsible” and “dangerous” claim the various animal rights campaign groups quoted in the article.
But for me – and, I would hope, the vast majority of Breitbart readers – the messages sent out by that charming photograph are the exact opposite of the ones that the animal rights fascists would like to impose on it.
How uplifting to see a ten-year old enjoying the outdoors rather than being hunched, as most of her contemporaries are so much of the time, over a computer!
How very responsible of this lucky girl’s wonderful parents to teach her such skills as fieldcraft, camouflage and markmanship, as well as imbuing her with an understanding of issues like conservation and the intimate relationship between meat and killing, and enabling her to operate on equal terms in a world traditionally dominated by men.
And how very safety-conscious to train her up from such a young age as to how to handle a deadly weapon responsibly.
Read the rest at Breitbart London
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