We asked Peter Hitchens, journalist, author and broadcaster, to comment on his current work and ideas that have influenced him…
Which of your own ideas have you been thinking about most recently?
My view that the Tories could not and should not win the 2010 election.
What idea of someone else has made most impact on you recently?
GK Chesterton’s argument (expressed in a ‘Father Brown’ story) that “what we do here matters somewhere else, and we are looking at the tapestry form the wrong side”, has continued to haunt me since the moment I read it several years ago, and is seldom far from my thoughts.
What is the most important book/article of ideas that everyone should read and why?
The 1662 Book of Common Prayer, which sets out the constitution of private life, based upon Scripture, tradition and reason, expressed with unmatched poetic beauty.
And finally, each year we ask everyone involved – audiences as well as speakers – one question. Charles Masterman, Liberal Party politician and journalist, asked in his book The Condition of England 100 Years Ago: “What will the future make of the present?” What is your answer to this?
It will view our indulgent neglect of our children with the horror and disgust with which we view the sending of children up chimneys and down mines in the 19th century. And it will view the mass-murder of babies in abortion clinics with the revulsion we now reserve for Hitler’s concentration camps. At least, in both cases, I very much hope so.