Godfrey Bloom on The Behaviour of Modern Children

Godfrey Bloom

A few weeks ago there was one of those ‘storm in teacup rows which somehow capture the imagination. An eminent violinist, Kwa Wha  Chung, a lady of great ability and old world Asian courtesy was driven to exasperation by a child in the front row coughing fit to bust. Performing, I gather a sensitive  violin concerto the mood and enjoyment was ruined by this unfortunate child.  The virtuoso performer laid down the bow and suggested from the podium the parent brought the child back when she was older.

To me, as a music lover, and erstwhile associate of The English Sinfonia, where I first met the violinist in the 70’s, I am at a loss to understand how any sensible parent could have let the situation get so out of hand. Moreover Classic FM who ran the story took a straw poll of listeners claimed opinion was equally divided in the support of the performer.

Leaving aside the minutiae of this incident, I was not there, it begs the question ‘is the child always given the benefit of the doubt’? It appears to me, over the years there is a growing definitive order of merit in assessing behaviour of the citizen by ‘society’ or society as defined by those who make such assessments, usually self-appointed, certainly self-important, the great and the good completely divorced it would seem from the proverbial man on the Clapham Omnibus ( or Joe Sixpack if you prefer ).

The top of the pecking order would seem to be children, or ‘yoof’ if you prefer. Strongly followed by cyclists whose arrogance for many knows no bounds, certainly not the Highway Code. You can add your own list with priorities according to your own experience. They always seem to have one thing in common, they contribute the least to society and demand the most out of it. They enjoy a complete lobby machine, represented often by tax payer funded fake charities, bossy, noisy, professionally aggrieved rarely if ever from the wealth creating class, and are ‘offended’ on tap.  Almost any criminal act is forgiven if you are a  Greeny. If you are a white, wealth creating Middle Englander you cannot, by definition be offended, believe me I know I have been permanently vilified, insulted and deliberately misquoted, but I cannot be ‘ offended’.

Fascinatingly these lobbyists are nearly always offended on someone else’s behalf. I have frequently been on TV or wireless  with a representative of some spurious organisation claiming offence, I always offer an apology if they can supply me with a name or address of exactly who was offended. When I made my amazingly popular  speech on foreign aid last year and referred to money being wasted in Bongo-Bongo-Land, Nigel Farage phoned me at 6 o clock in the morning demanding I apologised. ‘To whom? ‘was my response. Answer came there none. Indeed how could there be ? There is no such place. No ambassador to the Court of St James for Bongo-Bongo-Land with whom I could make my peace.

Returning if I may, to children I regard parents as having total responsibility. This child at the concert was not addressed by the performer but her mother who by this stage had clearly abrogated her responsibilities and was ruining the evening.

Many years ago I was showing my wife around The Cutty Sark museum, a woman had two children with her who were completely out of control; they were spoiling our visit. I reprimanded the children for their behaviour, the mother was horrified, ‘it’s clear you don’t like children she bleated’, ‘madam’  I said, ‘I don’t like your children’. I have had theatre experiences trashed by hoards of state school children, bussed in for an introduction to Shakespeare, usually gratis, in which they are clearly not interested, yet a production I might have been looking forward to for weeks and paid good money to see.

There is the danger that these unruly children grow up with no respect for other people.  Thirty years ago when a Friend of The Imperial War Museum, two teenage thugs were vandalising an inter active display in that sacrosanct environment, I was in my prime, still serving in the Army and took great delight in fetching the nearest one a hefty clout on the side of the head; no not with a rolled up magazine. Perhaps if their parents had met their responsibilities ten years earlier their offspring might have been spared a sore ear.

Anyone offended by this article please keep it to yourself.


  1. I went on a state school trip to see Arms And The Man at the Lyric Theatre. Richard Briers was in it. Paid for it, as with all school trips. We ate our packed lunches in the interval, which caused some amusement from other theatregoers. I ended up working in West End theatre a few years later. Just saying.

    • I think perhaps Ian’s trip was two or three decades ago, before things had got out of hand in the “For The Cheeeldren” sense that Godfrey is referring to. Cyclists, too, only began to run me down on the pavement outside my London retail business in about 1997; before that, they tended, even “sports cyclists” in lycra with skull-face-expressions of rage, to stop at the traffic light there rather than circumventing it on the pavement at full tilt.

      To achieve full fascism in the UK, it’s been necessary to groupuscule (the transitive verb use here) the population into favoured groups which are periodically “elected” for their voting-power or that of their vote-farmers (trade unions, mumsnet etc). The MSM then idolises any newly-elected groupuscule in terms of public discourse which it is at least socially-unwise to quibble, and often fatal to dispute.

      • It was 1981 apparently, according to the internet.

        Point is, most of the population are state school educated, and these are the people we need to appeal to if we are to progress beyond small groups of men giving each other talks in rooms, and a man in Wetherspoons. I am told that “popularity” is something that Libertarians disdain, as “popularity” is what the Left have, and so therefore we must do the opposite and maintain our splendid isolation, but I remain unconvinced. But then, having been told an our before it was due that this week’s LAQT was cancelled because everyone else wanted to watch the football, maybe we’re also lacking commitment as well, so I don’t know.

        Anyway, those state school children are the people we need to become the next generation of libertarians. It’s not entirely wise dismissing them all, because they are most of everybody.

        • Since Ian has gone off-comment, I might as well follow him.

          One of my objections to Margaret Thatcher was her cultural idiocy. Put me in her position back in 1979, and I’d have raised Kenneth Williams, Bernard Bresslaw, Anthony Quayle, Mick Jagger, Auberon Waugh, Richard Ingrams, and several dozen other conservative and libertarian entertainers, to the Peerage. I’d have centralised all state patronage of the arts into a single body directed by the new Peers. I’d have ruthlessly purged the BBC and the Church of England – at a time when there were still good alternative people on the inside to put in charge.

          I might even have invited Johnny Rotten for a weekend at Chequers, and grilled him on his core assumptions.

          I’d have left economic policy to Nigel Lawson and Leon Brittan and John Biffen. They sort of knew what needed to be done. What really mattered was the stifling of the left in the cultural realm before it could achieve full spectrum hegemony. Fussing about monetary aggregates was nothing by comparison.

          • To be critical of Thatcher, she entirely misunderstood who the real enemy were. To be fair to Thatcher, so did everybody else. Thatcher came to office when the argument was still seen to be about economic socialism. The cultural left were seen as ridiculous “loony left” who were only of use in discrediting the economic left by association- the “look at the nutters you’re friends with” approach.

            Nobody on the non-left realised that sweeping away the economic left was clearing the way for the New Left/Cultural Marxists/Neo-Progressives whatever you want to call them. With the benefit of hindsight, we realise that the Thatcher years were squandered fighting a battle of the past, but she wasn’t to know that if nobody else knew it either.

            • I had numerous intimations of what was going on all through the 1980s. So had Chris Tame. Sadly, neither of us realised the full extent of the change of enemies. However, though it may be unfair to blame MHT for fighting the Miners rather than the real enemy in the Beeb, we are now pretty sure of what happened, and have a duty to spread the word.

              • Well I think part of the problem is so many people on the non-Left are still trying to bind the current situation to previous battles, as with the idea that Cultural Marxism is a communist (economic socialism) Trojan Horse, without really grasping that post-Marxism is a fundamentally different beast to Marxism. Paul Gottfried being a notable exception to that error (an error in my opinion at least).

        • Erm I don’t know if LAQT was cancelled because of the footy Ian. I had forgot it was on, frankly, because we all have to work our arses off under socialism and then we die. And then the Nazis take 40% of our estate, because they say that they can. I have to admit that the chimps don’t record the footballingNazi timetables.

          I’m not sure that that was the point you were making. However, if nobody was going to watch something because of a fascist footballNazi smugfest put on instead by the prevailing Hegemony-Nazis, then why bother to compete for attention? Because we cannot. It might possibly have been better to reschedule the LAQT to another night on a one-off; Keir, can you examine the feasibility of this then, old man?

          • David, I was just being a bit snippy after a day expecting to be on the panel, then at the last minute the other panellists pulling out to watch the football. So, just a bit of bad temper on my part really.

  2. I was entirely on Godfrey’s side in his refusal to apologise.UKIP is too PC and compromising but I’ll still vote for them. But be fair-sometimes you can’t help coughing.And today’s children are under far too much pressure.

  3. I work with children every day – and most are fine. However, there are indeed a minority of spoiled brats – and the parents are to blame.

  4. There’s clearly rather a lot of work to be done here, in terms of deleting a vast amount of dross from the “National Curriculum”, regarding what children might see, and also in terms of getting a right relationship between teachers/parents and children again. This I think is the strategic problem that Godfrey thinks we ought to address.

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