...about the realisation that all the solemn denouncing and presentation of floral tributes that have followed the ghastly Paris bombing doesn't really begin to meet the great questions about the weakness and muddle at the heart of the West just at the moment. When confronting Communism, the West, in the Reagan/Thatcher years, had a sense of identity, a sense of being a "we" with a set of values rooted in a rich Christian heritage. Now, our officialdom is troubled about such concepts. There's an official sort of vaguely giggly embarrasment about recognising that we have any sort of definitive heritage, and a weird notion that Christianity shouldn't be allowed to be mentioned at all.
It was a relief to see the French gathering in vast numbers at Notre Dame.