Category Archives: Peter Hitchens

Obama vs. Romney: The American Presidential election viewed from Britain and Europe

‘From a European perspective, it doesn’t matter who wins this election.  Only US foreign policy is important to us — and Obama is no dove and Romney no hawk.  The incumbent president prefers to wage his wars with drones instead … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Peter Hitchens on [emigrating to West Coast] Canada

‘I’ve a fondness for the Pacific North west of the USA, and imagine I’d feel much the same way about British Columbia round about Vancouver.  I became something of a Canadian nationalist while I lived in the USA (I particularly … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Peter Hitchens on World War I

‘I treasure the fantasy that at Christmas 1914, the truce in the trenches had spread and spread, across time and distance, until the soldiers of both armies, recognising the whole thing was futile and wrong, piled up their weapons, shook … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Peter Hitchens on Stephen Fry

‘Stephen Fry . . . has the voice, education and mannerisms of an English gentleman — but the opinions of a Trotskyite lunatic.’ ~ Peter Hitchens

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Peter Hitchens on Jimmy Savile, child molesting, and the hypocrisy of the BBC

‘I couldn’t stand Jimmy Savile.  But at least his death has helped uncover one of the grossest pieces of hypocrisy in modern times.  Compare and contrast: two great and respected institutions do nothing about child molesting in their midst.  When … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Peter Hitchens on the Christopher Hitchens Atheist Fan Club

‘For some of these people, since the very things they admire him for are the very things that I most specifically reject, the idea that I am closely related to him, have a similar education and background, is close to … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Peter Hitchens on the anti-Christian London Olympic Games closing ceremony

‘The closing ceremony was explicitly anti-religious.  It gave a central place to the anti-religious song ‘Imagine’, getting children to sing it (doesn’t that rather fly in the face of the Dawkinsite rage against children being brought up with religious belief? … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Peter Hitchens on the British abortionist Marie Stopes

‘I say that Marie Stopes International (which receives about £25 million a year from the NHS, much of it for killing unborn babies under contract) should be allowed to advertise its repellent services on TV.  But on one condition.  That each … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Peter Hitchens on the 2012 London Olympic Games

‘This is supposed to be a light-hearted, generous-spirited event.  But it isn’t really.  It’s an overbearing, officious, self-important celebration of corporate greed, unpunished corruption, tolerated cheating and multiculturalism. As for it being a demonstration of the greatness of Britain, what can I … Continue reading

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Peter Hitchens on the “father figures” and “agony aunts” now required for Britain’s prisons

Pasted up in an Oxfordshire byway, I found extraordinary proof of what most of us have long suspected and what politicians always try to deny (above).  We are now so soft on wrong-doing that the wicked must be laughing at … Continue reading

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Peter Hitchens on a “text of terror”: Psalm 137, verse 9

‘In Canterbury there are many lingering traces of the lovelier England that has now been pushed to one side by bulldozers, money, worldliness and egalitarianism.  The cathedral itself (surprisingly small for the mother church of Anglicanism) on a sunny late … Continue reading

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Hitchens on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, and the future of reading for pleasure

‘Sad to think, as we mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, that hardly anyone will still read his books 50 years from now.  What with mass ‘dyslexia’ (otherwise known as very bad reading teaching), and the … Continue reading

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Hitchens on Albert Einstein and atheism

Einstein versus the Atheists There remains a sort of belief among the less well-educated atheists that ‘science’ is incompatible with religious belief.  I don’t think Albert Einstein thought it was.  The Revd Dr. John Polkinghorne, former Professor of Mathematical Physics … Continue reading

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Hitchens on Dawkins

Happy now, Mr. Dawkins? Well, why not advertise abortions on prime-time TV?  That’s the kind of country we are.  So why be coy about it? Richard Dawkins and his anti-God friends have finally won the moral battle.  Growing numbers of … Continue reading

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Hitchens says: Richard Dawkins is “as intolerant as the Spanish Inquisition, but not yet ready to show it”

‘Far too seldom the enemies of Britain actually admit their real goals.  The greatly overpraised Professor Richard Dawkins has now blurted out in a Left-wing magazine that his aim is to ‘destroy Christianity’. Well, I knew that, and you probably knew that – but the … Continue reading

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Peter Hitchens’ Remembrance Day lament

We have failed to keep faith with the men who died for us Some actions ought to be unthinkable.  Even the lowest, dimmest lout ought to know that you do not defile monuments to the dead.  Till a few years … Continue reading

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Peter Hitchens on Richard Dawkins’ cowardly refusal to debate philosopher William Lane Craig

‘The American philosopher William Lane Craig had offered to debate Richard Dawkins’s book The God Delusion with its author, in his home town (and mine).  Dawkins is around, because he has his own event in another Oxford location on Friday.  … Continue reading

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Peter Hitchens on Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and African dictator Robert Mugabe

‘How typical of the furry Archbishop of Canterbury that he can stand up against the persecution of Christianity in Africa, but isn’t aware of it here.  We shall see in time if he did any good by sharing tea and … Continue reading

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Peter Hitchens on William Lane Craig, Richard Dawkins, and a debate that won’t take place

‘Does Richard Dawkins exist?  The noted foe of religion seems set to be absent (despite many requests that he take part) from a planned debate with William Lane Craig, a leading American Christian philosopher (a number of other anti-God blowhards … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Peter Hitchens on adoption and abortion in Britain

‘What would you call a society that made adoption incredibly hard and abortion incredibly easy?  I’d call it sick at heart.’ ~ Peter Hitchens

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Quote of the day: Peter Hitchens on 9/11

‘Most people still won’t face what really happened ten years ago today.  We still get the standard-issue rubbish about how New York was attacked because ‘Islamists hate our way of life’.  And we still get the thought-free incantation that ‘9/11 … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Peter Hitchens on Britain’s phony ‘war on drugs’

‘We are always told that the authorities have given up on cannabis so that they can be ‘freed up’ to pursue other drugs, allegedly worse, and the ‘evil dealers’ who sell them.  Since cannabis can unpredictably send you mad for … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Peter Hitchens on teenage rioters, child looters and why parents can’t discipline their children

‘Those who seek to blame or indeed punish parents for the misdeeds of their children should heed the painful cry of one such parent this week, a respected TV cameraman. ‘I am heartbroken and totally ashamed,’ he said of his … Continue reading

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Peter Hitchens on the causes of the rioting and looting in Britain

Peter Hitchens makes “some very brief but fundamental points”: 1. These were not ‘riots’.  They had no political purpose and no origin in discontent or deprivation. 2. Those apprehended by the police appear to me for the most part to be … Continue reading

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Peter Hitchens on the forgotten novels of Hugh Walpole

Holiday Reading Luckily for me and any other lost Edwardians, there are plenty of Hugh Walpole books still to be found up shadowy staircases and at the backs of old shops in little country towns.  Who knows?  Maybe his reputation … Continue reading

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