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The swinish multitude

Edward Skidelsky's attack on today's liberal values simply betrays his own wish to be God

By David Aaronovitch   October 2008

Once a fortnight, the Oxfordshire vicar’s wife and Telegraph agony aunt Anne Atkins presents the Today programme’s “Thought for the Day.” Almost invariably she helps her listeners to discover, if not their own moral deficiencies, then those of their neighbours and of the nation in general. The indices of decline are obesity, the target culture, abortion rates, consumerism and government interference. Learning used to be for the enjoyment of it; people used to be able to smack their children unhindered; sex was something sacred. The blame for our degenerating state, according to Atkins, rests with liberal relativism, secularism and the…

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