Simon Blackburn is a British philosopher who was imported to give a lecture in honour of the late Alan Saunders, a good and versatile radio presenter on philosophy, cooking and various other topics.
The brief highlight of the show qualifies Blackburn as a clear winner for leftoid of the week and a good chance for leftoid of the year. You could not make it up, it is the Thatcherism “there is no such thing as society” meme.
For those who have not been briefed on this before, the magic words came up in a somewhat rambling conversation over tea and scones with a writer or editor of a women’s journal. It is one of those transcripts that really needs to be edited to fix repetitions and half sentences. In the course of talking about social problems, Ms Thatcher opined that the first line of defence should be family and friends or local social networks. She did not see the welfare state as a big Person standing ever-watchful to pick us up every time we slip and fall over. The words “there is no such thing as society” came up as a reference to a big Person, not an attack on the idea that we live in a rich network of human and social relations ranging from family and friends to work groups, clubs and societies.
A nice example of lefty bullying!