In the papers, or at least on their websites, Edward McMillan-Scott further embarrasses David Cameron over his new European friends and Marina Hyde presents an alternative to the latest Iraq inquiry whitewash. Polly Toynbee and Matthew Parris have opposing, if both eloquently and excellently argued views on legalising assisted suicide, while Amy Jenkins pleads to be allowed to go when she says the time is right. The Graun has a perceptive leader on the romanticising of WWI, and Nick Clegg fears Gary McKinnon won't come back if deported to the States.
As for worst tabloid article/comment piece of the weekend, for once Amanda Platell isn't the default winner. She's certainly nominated, both for her missing the point entirely on assisted suicide and for once again commenting on the death of a young woman where she obviously should have known better. The Mail also a full article on much the same subject. The Sun has yet more letters from the "evil" mother of Baby P, and also once again fails the stop giving attention to trolls test, but there could only be one winner. The prize has to go to AN Wilson, for what may well be the most horrendous article this blog has ever commented upon, advocating the sterilisation of the likes of Theresa Winters, and indeed, the entire "underclass". It's not the advocating of such a policy so much as Wilson's repeated sophistry and intellectual dishonesty in doing so. He complains throughout that he isn't proposing much the same as the Nazis, so much so that you think that even he's having trouble convincing himself of that fact. In a piece strewn with logical fallacies and ignorant comparisons, these are just a couple of parts that stand out:
The difference between Nazism and what I am proposing is simple. Totalitarian regimes imposed their wishes on individuals. In the case of Theresa Winters, the boot is on the other foot.
Except that is exactly how totalitarian regimes imposed their wishes on individuals: they invoked the will of the people, or to bring it up to date, Harriet Harman's court of public opinion. To not do so would be to threaten the life of the nation itself, a dystopian future in which the underclass rule, as AN Wilson predicts. Yet even more troubling is Wilson's complete pessimism, in which he views the offspring of the likes of Winters as being exactly the same as their parents, stuck in their same rut for the rest of their lives, unable to break free, and which he does in the most distasteful terms:
This country faces many problems. And chief among them is the fact that our worst sink schools are filling up with criminally minded, ineducable children - who will, in turn, be unemployable and simply grow up to become prison fodder.
No school will ever educate them. No employer will ever want to pay them wages. Future generations of honest, taxpaying citizens will have to carry them - and all the social problems they will bring with them - as an unwanted, indeed hated, burden.
As individuals, stuffing their faces with junk food, blowing what passes for minds with alcohol or drugs, they are unlikely to have an interesting thought, do a useful deed, or have a relationship which is not abusive or damaging to others.
Criminally minded, ineducable children, unlikely to have an interesting thought or do a useful deed. It's hard not to think that it's the other way round entirely.