October 24, 2015
Theodore Dalrymple: Something is rotten…
Really? Seriously?? They cut Polonius’ speech?
Oh, and look:
It was appropriate, in a way, that Hamlet should hold up his hands in the midst of the applause for him at the end of the performance to ask for quiet and to make an unctuous appeal to the audience on behalf of the children of Syria: or rather, on behalf of the Save the Children Fund’s appeal for the children of Syria, which is not quite the same thing.
The British Save the Children Fund is not really a charity at all, as many similar charities are not: It is a department of state, or at least of the politico-bureaucratic class. Last year, for example, it received nearly two-thirds of its income from governmental or quasi-governmental sources. The British government and the European Union were by far its largest donors. Without such funding it would cease to exist, certainly on its present scale. There would not, for example, be more than 880 employees at its headquarters.
See? You CANNOT leave the house. Ever.