Two articles at Unherd - on Vaughan Williams and NIMBYs

In the past month and a bit I have had two articles published by the website Unherd.

The first is on the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, who I have written about here before. The article is entitled 'Vaughan Williams: not simply a nostalgic nationalist' and looks at how he doesn't conform to many of the stereotypes given to him, particularly by progressives and anti-Brexit types.

The second is 'In Praise of NIMBYs', which was published today and seeks to redress some of the bile that these committed members of the community [Not-In-My-Back-Yard-ers] receive from our political elites.

I hope they are worth a read. Feel free to put any comments up here or to me on Twitter since there is no comment facility on the Unherd site.

Here's a bit more VW anyway: perhaps the greatest piece he ever wrote.

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis


  1. So sad to hear what is going to happen to this village.

    What makes my blood boil about these politicians is that they KNOW how much harm the policies they advocate will do to people.

    Take my MP Kate Green (current chair of the Fabians). I know for a fact that she has read Ed West's 'the Diversity Illusion' because I have discussed its findings with her. She KNOWS the effect that mass immigration has on trust, social cohesion, belonging etc. but yet she continues to support the historic ethnic transformation of England because she is a 'feminist' who is obsessed (and I don't use that word lightly) with 'women being able to go where they want'. That consideration trumps all other concerns, even those of English women who don't want to see their towns transformed into somewhere else entirely.

    And the amazing thing about these people is that they continue to think that they are the most moral people in the world!

  2. I very much enjoyed your NIMBY-praise piece. I think you and your readers might enjoy reading a similarly themed post from Oct 2018 by Scott Alexander

    And here is Scott’s write up the following day of the best comments


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