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Matt Goodwin's Values, Voice and Virtue
I stopped doing updates about my non-substack writing a while ago, mainly because established newspapers and magazines have their own distribution channels that I simply can’t match.
Goodwin’s latest book (he has written or co-written several others) divided and enraged the British commentariat in ways that become cringeworthy to watch. Many reviewers engaged in personal attacks on Goodwin himself. Unsurprisingly, he returned service.
There was some gold among the dross, however. Two writers I admire reviewed Values, Voice and Virtue in a measured way, Ben Cobley and Thomas Prosser. If you want some commentary in addition to mine, follow those links. If you want to see Britain’s Great & Good make monkeys of themselves, well, any internet search engine is your friend. There’s also a Twitter (where else?) lowlights reel in my Law & Liberty piece.
No-one likes a mirror held up before them with “you’re ugly” scrawled across it in red lipstick. In some ways, this is what Goodwin does: he hangs a series of portraits on the wall and then forces us to look at them.
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