Why Britain’s moral fiber needs to be strengthened in 2022 in the aftermath of the costly consequences of Covid – Bernard Ingham


How can Britain best recover from the Covid pandemic? Columnist Bernard Ingham sets out his point of view.

A prime minister on probation. A deeply divided government. A symbolic opposition. Scottish nationalists are still suicidal demands for independence. Can Wales be far behind?

A pandemic still present despite an almost heroic vaccination program.

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An economy ravaged deep in a Covid-induced deficit and debt that will constrain governments for years, while the NHS and education and public order systems urgently need reform.

How can Britain best recover from the Covid pandemic? Columnist Bernard Ingham sets out his point of view.

The EU is foiling over Brexit and trying to annex Northern Ireland.

Perhaps the weakest American president since WWII in Joe Biden.

And Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping playing on the distress of the West with threats against the independence of Ukraine and Taiwan.

After this little bundle, you can conclude that it’s better late than never for me to step out of the New Years resolution business.

How can Britain best recover from the Covid pandemic? Columnist Bernard Ingham sets out his point of view.

Instead, I’m sticking to my hopes for 2022 – my 90th year.

My first hope is that by next Christmas we will see progress on all these fronts and the world a safer place.

Otherwise – and I try to be realistic – desperation can set in.

But at the root of all my other hopes is a determined fight in Britain against the cancerous neglect, dampness, sensitivity and concern for human rights that plague our society.

Far too many people are far too self-obsessed for their own good – and that of everyone else.

I hope to see a vigorous campaign to instill a new sense of personal responsibility in the people.

It must start with the nuclear family.

It is perfectly clear that sparing the penis, spoiling the child, and satisfying his every whim has worked no better than ideas like full education.

I am all too aware and deeply saddened by the brutality inflicted on innocent children, as has been reported in recent trials.

But there is a big difference between brutality and correction. The job of parents is to educate, train and correct the next generation so that it strengthens and not weakens society.

I hope I don’t look like a Cromwellian Puritan. My intention is not to be a spoiler.

But we must end the pervasive corruption of our children and grandchildren through the internet, or anti-social media, as I describe.

Could there be a more misleading term than social media when it bombards young people with drugs, gambling, violence, sex, pornography and the dumbest ideas yet such as anti -vaccination?

Moving up the age ladder, my third hope is that every responsible citizen lends their weight to any serious attempt to win back schools, colleges and universities for education instead of indoctrination.

Some might say it differently: end the domination of the left in the education system.

This does not mean handing it over to the right but to people dedicated to opening minds, not shutting them down.

Stalin and Mao Tse-Tung must be lost in admiration for the zeal with which the reality of human progress is tossed in the trash with the assault on everything and anyone linked to empire and slavery.

The National Trust has now sentenced Bonnie Prince Charlie for a remote connection with them. And yet William Wilberforce and the British Parliament abolished slavery, the Royal Navy imposed its abolition, and the empire is now the Commonwealth.

My fourth hope is that biological facts will prevail and that allowing anyone to determine their gender, regardless of the body they were born with, will be abandoned for the sake of women.

It follows that I hope we all rally in support of women like JK Rowling, famous for Harry Potter, and Professor Kathleen Stock, who was kicked out of her post at the University of Sussex.

I may look like an old man frozen in his ways, but current trends in society will be the end of the day unless they are stopped.

Much of the movement is basically totalitarian. He seeks to impose his will on the nation, seemingly oblivious to the lessons taught by the progress of history and experience.

In short, my hope for 2022 is a hardening of the UK’s moral fiber. For more self-discipline. For more autonomy. And for more realism.

Is it too much to hope?

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