The more I write about Britain’s moral, educational and cultural decline, the more I run up against that decline in action.
For the past few weeks I have been re-launching my 19-year-old book The Abolition of Britain. This, my first venture between hard covers, has defied its many enemies by surviving in print for almost two decades. Now I’ve added an afterword which can be summed up as: “I told you so when there was still time to do something. Now it’s too late”.
When I first wrote this careful account of how cultural and moral revolution had affected everything in this country from sex to prayers, noted agents would not handle it and major (and minor) publishers would not publish it. One even wrote me an angry letter denouncing me for even suggesting the idea to him.
When I eventually found an agent prepared to take on something so toxic to the zeitgeist, the late and much-missed David Miller, he was astonished by the hostility he met. But in the end Naim Attallah’s Quartet bravely took the risk, the Mail on Sunday (for which I was not working in those days) agreed to serialise it – and it went on to sell many, many thousands and to be published in the United States.
I still remember a long day in a chilly west London warehouse just before Christmas 1999, signing huge piles of copies before despatch, until my wrist and fingers were so tired I could barely continue. I say this not to boast – well, not much – but to contrast it with the ignorant abuse, misrepresentation and plain obstruction I received from the cultural elite.
How to continue reading…
This article appears in the Catholic Herald magazine - to read it in full subscribe to our digital edition from just 30p a week
The Catholic Herald is your essential weekly guide to the Catholic world; latest news, incisive opinion, expert analysis and spiritual reflection