In case you thought the public school system was only into power politics or brutish ‘Muscular Christianity’ and – except for Winchester, of course – couldn’t produce intellectuals (no this is not a story about Boris!) but only Wounded Leaders, think again!
For now along comes our favourite intellectual, Richard Dawkins (Oundle and Oxford) once more, to tell us we shouldn’t be bothered about a bit of “mild touching up”.
That’s how the famous biologist and atheist describes the sexual abuse that apparently occurred among his former classmates. In a recent interview in that other powerhouse of the truth The Times, Richard Dawkins attempted to defend what he called “mild pedophilia,” which, he says, he personally experienced as a young child and does not believe causes “lasting harm.”
Well that’s a relief. Thank God (oh no, forget that please – Dawkins says there isn’t one! Sorry… how stupid of me). Let’s try again:
Thank Oxford for this phenomenal brain and source of limitless empathy who has spent most of his life seeding the idea that selfishness built into our genes and the survival-of-the-fittest (and definitely not any cooperation!) interpretation of Darwin, which these days looks as broad a perspective as a glance out of a narrow window in All Souls College.
Will he be an expert at long-awaited governmental enquiry into alleged sexual abuse in the bowels of the establishment? God knows (sorry again) we need someone to sort that mess out – doesn’t look good for the Old Chaps, does it?
Lets hope he is called. I’d love to see how the Survivors respond – it should be enough jam his Twitter box for a while.