A lacklustre Any Questions, this week, provided one ignored the poisonous rhetoric of one Laura Perrins. Apparently she is co-editor of The Conservative Woman and has written for the Telegraph, Hate Mail, and Catholic Herald; why, I wonder, does that not surprise me?
Anyway, Perrins and the other three failed to spot the ‘elephant in the room’ that was the burningly obvious connection between the first two questions. The first question was something like 'How do we prevent household items being used to murder people?', referencing the use of hired vans etc. in the latest terror attacks. Question two was ‘Is going to university a worthwhile investment?’
Having more or less concluded that there is very little that can be done to mitigate random attacks with vehicles, no-one on the panel, even with the heavy hint of question two, recognized that the only way to deal with this terrorism is by education and debate, the ultimate education being found, of course, in the universities. Only education can reach minds blinded by political and religious indoctrination. There is no other way that this awful urban terrorism can be defeated.
As an addendum I could also comment on the rather tiresome implication in the second question that education should be considered only in terms of financial benefit.
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