Queen to Bishop

A few days ago a 17 year old Australian walked up behind a politician and planted an egg on the back of is head, filming as he did so with his phone. He promptly got filled in, firstly by the politician and then his mates. Due to the politician being right wing and having said nasty things about Muslims, and also because women these days think a 17 year old is a child, otherwise sensible people are leaping to the defence of Egg Boy. Here’s the founder of Quillette, for example:


If the new rule is we can make physical contact with people we don’t like if our intent is not to wound, merely humiliate, things are going to get interesting indeed. Where this will leave women I have no idea: I can think of a dozen ways a man can utterly, appallingly humiliate a woman if the only restriction on physical contact is that he must not wound her. Has anyone asked the #MeToo lot about this? Can men go around egging women or not?

I suspect what we’re seeing here is Lehmann making sure she and her publication are positioned within the boundaries of polite society, edgy enough to upset the SJWs but not enough to cause the polite middle classes to start wringing their hands. Note the I’m not a fascist, but he is gambit. As Quillette grows in stature and comes under increasing attack from the hard-left, we’re going to see a lot more of this. These days if you’re anywhere to the right of Lenin and you want to keep being invited onto podcasts and TV shows, it’s important to signal you’re not an SS officer on a regular basis.

Speaking of signaling one’s morals, here’s Oliver Kamm:


The irony is this kind of moral pronouncement and surety of one’s righteousness would be quite at home in the houses of any religion. As I’m fond of saying, religion never went away, it was just replaced with other dogmatic belief systems complete with preachers, true believers, heretics, witchfinder generals, and those constantly passing moral judgement on anyone who disagrees with them. What’s amusing is their practitioners consider themselves progressives.

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29 thoughts on “Queen to Bishop

  1. Quillette is an example of the general rule that the more popular something gets, the shittier it gets. Now that the comments number over a hundred for each article, people are doing that chat-room thing of riding their hobby-horse around without actually engaging with the article. And commenters use a horrible arch academic style to demonstrate how knowledgeable and cool they are.

  2. Senator Anning defended himself and his security guards merely contained the provocative dude, he didn’t actually get filled in. For all they knew he could have been a real terrorist!

    I was discussing this with my missus and said that Anning’s response was balanced and appropriate towards someone coming up on you from behind and hitting you with something, what else was he supposed to do?

    She said that it didn’t seem right after the Christchurch mosques, I know.

    Take a look at these pair of cock heads that also came up from behind at Andrew Bolt a “right wing” journalist and main stream commentator down under, didn’t expect that did they?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anUyzZzz4Q0

  3. Claire personifies the aspirational, upper-middle class Canadian, passive aggressive smugness that icy country is known for. The degree to which Anglo women voice correct opinions in order to impress the Manor House lady is obnoxious. I had the misfortune of spending a semester at U Toronto and can best describe it as a Protestant-Atheist Seminary Devoted to Good Thought and Pious Opinion. And gay. Gay as hell.

  4. Politicians’ responses to being egged or otherwise spattered are quite revealing. Prescott lost his rag and punched the protester. Labour supporters made much of the fact that their doughty proletarian doesn’t take that sort of nonsense; but this was spoiled by the fact that Prescott then got into a girly-looking pushing match with the perp, who was a big agricultural type who clearly would have won had help not been forthcoming.

    I remember Ted Heath getting ink thrown on him. He just stood there like a big Jessie with a look of shock that people could be so beastly.

    Bill Clinton’s response was superb. After the initial shock (he surely must have imagined far worse outcomes during his presidential career) he remained controlled and appeared calmly rueful. I thought his stature as a man actually increased. Whatever the man’s faults, he showed dignity then

    An egging is designed to humiliate and make one look stupid. But there is little worse than someone looking both stupidly bespattered and pointlessly angry over their lost dignity. Perhaps the “egg test” should be part of all aspiring politicians’ training.

  5. I was discussing this with my missus and said that Anning’s response was balanced and appropriate towards someone coming up on you from behind and hitting you with something, what else was he supposed to do?

    I noticed in the comments beneath the videos of this incident circulating on Twitter that most men said the kid was lucky he just got a couple of punches and then was restrained. Whereas most of those decrying the response of the senator were women, who said “he’s just a child” and “there’s no need”. This ties in neatly to my other frequent topic about women attacking men: modern women seem to have no idea how dangerous men are when provoked or attacked, and seem to treat the whole thing as a big joke. Frankly, if I went up behind a grown man and slapped and egg on the back of his head I’d better be prepared for a serious fight: not to the death, but someone’s getting badly hurt. I learned this when I was about 15, as boys generally do (or used to).

  6. Claire personifies the aspirational, upper-middle class Canadian

    She’s Australian, but given those two countries seem to be outdoing each other for who can be the most woke in the Anglosphere, your point stands.

  7. Quillette is an example of the general rule that the more popular something gets, the shittier it gets.

    I think a few people are beginning to notice you’re not going to hear any radical opinions on there, it’s just centrism dressed up in edgy language designed to distance themselves from the MSM, but not by too much. Fair play for what Lehmann’s created and I like some of the writers, but I don’t think it’s groundbreaking in terms of content.

  8. But there is little worse than someone looking both stupidly bespattered and pointlessly angry over their lost dignity.

    True.

  9. “Frankly, if I went up behind a grown man and slapped and egg on the back of his head I’d better be prepared for a serious fight: not to the death, but someone’s getting badly hurt.”

    Exactly, there aren’t too many dirty underhanded tricks that I havent pulled in my time in order to ensure that I win in a fight. Back in the day a big dude challenged me to go outside, he went first and I hit him on the back of a head with a bar stool on the way out. Fortunately that ended it but I was under no illusion that if that dirty as hell first strike from behind by me was ineffective then there would have been all hell to pay.

    On the subject, I have broken many a pool cue over my opponents head and shoulder region from all directions as well, it is more for visual effect, having had a few broken on me, I can tell you that it doesn’t actually hurt, at the time anyway.

    Moral of the story, a bar stool wrapped around the back of your opponents head is more effective than a pool cue, but a raw egg from behind that is certainly asking for trouble.

  10. I can think of a dozen ways a man can utterly, appallingly humiliate a woman if the only restriction on physical contact is that he must not wound her. Has anyone asked the #MeToo lot about this?

    That would certainly be an interesting defence.

    “OK, Your Honour, it’s true I stuck my hand down the front of her trousers, but I was only trying to humiliate her, so it’s alright.”

    women these days think a 17 year old is a child,

    Modern attitudes towards these things really are appallingly self-contradictory. On the one hand, minors are considered mature enough to get an abortion or sex-change operation without their parents’ consent; on the other hand, if they try assaulting politicians or go off to join an international terrorist organisation, they’re just kids, of course they didn’t really know what they were doing.

    Speaking of joining terrorist organisations, I couldn’t help being struck by the contrast between the coverage of Shamima Begum and the Covington Catholic kids. That boy from Covington (allegedly) got in a Native American’s face and smirked nastily at him, and the media reaction was universally one of criticism and condemnation (at least until it turned out that the footage of the incident had been misleadingly edited); Shamima Begum went to join ISIS, and the media had a serious conversation over how guilty she was and whether or not she should be allowed back into the country. What sort of moral degenerates find it easier to condemn somebody for smirking at a Native American than for joining a genocidal terrorist organisation?

  11. ‘. But this guy actually *is* a fascist — by the dictionary definition — ’

    Racism (and all that shelters under that umbrella term) does not define Fascism nor a Fascist.

    Fascism is a Statist, dictatorial system in which the economy, albeit businesses privately owned, is directed by the State to achieve the State’s political objectives and where the individual’s role is to serve the interests of the State, not their own.

    In fact Fascism is a sect of Socialism and an ideology of the Left.

    Those who hurl ‘Fascist’ as an insult at those who may have unpleasant views about certain races or religions, or reasonable concerns, clearly do not know what Fascism is or that fact they themselves promote its core ideology.

    Common assault is unwelcome touching of someone, or threatening to touch them, by a person or object carried by that person. There are degrees: -with intent to cause GBH, or – causing actual GBH.

    But hitting someone on the head with an agg is Common Assualt contrary to Common Law and therefore a crime. Hitting a person on the head with something, whatever the intent – even with a egg – can be dangerous.

  12. And, now it turns out that the “family feud” cover story for the Utrecht RoP-inspired random slaughter yesterday has fallen to bits. So I am sure we will be treated to the MSM’s unequivocal and round condemnation of this cowardly terrorist atrocity, and how we must show our solidarity with the population of Utrecht who have suffered this racist, fascist assault on their free and open democratic lifestyle, and how it’s not just one individual nutcase’s responsibility but everyone is answerable, especially far-right nazis like Chelsea Clinton who abuse free speech to … Oh, wait…

  13. And, now it turns out that the “family feud” cover story for the Utrecht RoP-inspired random slaughter yesterday has fallen to bits.

    Indeed, turns out he was of Turkish origin and probably not at all influenced by Erdogan’s showing the NZ massacre footage at public rallies in the days following. I guess this is what people mean by asymmetrical warfare.

  14. Re the “egging”
    1/. He’s not a “kid”. He’s a well muscled able-bodied male.
    Furthermore in my jurisdiction of Queensland, Seventeen is above the age of criminal majority, that is, he’d be tried as an adult, and go to Adult Jail. No “joovie” for him.

    2/. Most people who comment on this, especially beta males or women, have obviously never been King Hit. They’ve no idea what happens when you’re on the receiving end, their stupid comments demonstrate this clearly. They’re judging Senator Anning by the standards of an Enid Blyton book.

    3/. He was attacked from behind, a man who was more than Fifty years older than him. (Senator Anning is 69)

    4/. In all the newsmedia, unless the victim is Senator Anning, this is nowdays known as a “Coward Punch”.

    5/. Most blokes who try this on someone (& I’ve seen plenty) get either knocked clean out – unconscious, or get a badly broken nose.
    The “kid” got neither. He should count himself lucky. Bloody lucky

    6/. The thug attacker (for that is what he was) had another half-dozen or more eggs in his pocket, all of which broke when he was held down, footage shows him outside later in the garden, in police custody, scraping the raw omelette out of his pants… hahahah. hahaha.. ahha…
    He didn’t look to happy about that part.

    7/. The Prime Minister of Australia has said that Senator Anning could face charges over his response.

    8/. A quick view of ANY of the umpty squillion videos shows there isn’t a hope in hell of making a charge stick.

    9/. This says the Prime Minister is wankpuffin. And that he’s never been in a man’s scrap.

    10/. Peter Dutton, the Minister for Home Affairs, a former Police Officer, and a losing contender for the most recent round of Prime Ministerial musical chairs, is no longer the “Best PM we never got”… but is the bullet we managed to dodge.
    He’s lost me forever.

    11/. Senator Anning, an outsider, an outcast, & a “loser” (in the terminology of my nieces) was not elected to the Senate. He was appointed to fill a mid-term vacancy.
    He was on track to get about 3 votes at the next election.
    He’s now got a chance of being re-elected.

    12/. In my part of the world, Senator Anning is now more popular than the captain of a winning football team, and would probably be voted a Victoria Cross, a Knighthood, Prime Ministership for life, and a pension of a million dollars a week.
    All as a result of egg boy, and the fallout from it which has revealed little about Senator Anning, other than to show he has all the right enemies, and that whatever else he is, Senator Anning is both “kick-arse” and is not a pussy who backs down when it gets tough.

    His brand recognition has gone through the roof.

  15. It should also be remembered, when teenagers, even if Seventeen, go around hitting public figures from behind;

    … that when Police Accountant Curtis Cheng was killed on the street in central Sydney a few years ago, he was killed by a Fifteen year old, who snuck up behind him & shot him in the back of the head.

    Aussie protection teams, even if clad in beach gear & not officially “protection” may well have this in the back of their mind.

    When those blokes were holding the little thug down, they didn’t know that it was eggs breaking in his pocket, for all they knew it was sarin gas capsules popping.
    He’s lucky he only got a sore neck out of that whole thing.

  16. My Dutch is remedial, but what amazes me is that I was about 3 hours ahead of the British press on this for the whole of today. For all the Graun’s Eurocosmopolitanism they seriously don’t have a Dutch or Belgian on the team? Or a white Saffer? Or even some unpaid intern who knows how to use fucking Google translate? And we’re talking about the Netherlands. A country so liberal it makes the Graun look like right-wing Nazis.

    This story has been buried. First with the “family feud” cover up, now it is below the fifth fold on the Graun website with a story not updated for hours, despite new shit coming out in the Dutch press every half hour. Heck, the “right wing” Christchurch massacre still has higher prominence.

    Because of course Dutch Moslems are free, liberal Moslems, and we respect them, and they don’t go around shooting people up in Dar Al Harb for being the wrong religion.

  17. Egg Boy gives himself permission to attack someone from behind. Brenton Tarrant gives himself permission to kill unarmed people in a mosque. Two ends of the same continuum.

  18. A search on the Graun for Utrecht now gives me several links to holiday houses in the city long before the day-old article on the “family feud” that saw three people murdered by a Turk with a foreign terorrist record, salafist family, and ISIS funding.

    I’ve been to Utrecht. It’s worth an extra hour or two on a business trip, but not exactly a holiday destination.

    Story dead and buried. Christchurch still the fault of all white males, on the front page of the Graun.

  19. @ John – “Hitting a person on the head with something, whatever the intent – even with a egg – can be dangerous.”

    Definitely, and if the choice comes down to who is to be hit on the head with something first being between you or your opponent, in most circumstances it will always be more beneficial for you, that it is your opponent that must get hit on the head first.

    I am sure there may be a scenario where this is not the case I just cant think of one now.

  20. I dunno. I’ve been jabbed in the ribs when I wasn’t aware someone was behind me and the red mist came down. I’d thrown 2 punches before I realised it was a friend messing about.

    In this video Anning should get away with the first punch as a “red mist” but I find it hard to believe the second one was as well. Its also hard to believe the 2nd was self defence, but its harder to prove it wasn’t. On that basis the goons were quite within their rights, they didn’t know what was next and restraining Egg Boy was a reasonable response.

    That said, Egg Boy got what he deserved and I’ve no sympathy. With a half decent media this could easily have been spun as “Young thug attacks 69 year old man who pluckily fights back until help arrives”.

  21. @BiND

    Look at the last defensive “haymaker” delivered from the suited right wing political commentator Andrew Bolt on the “hoody” attacker, both of them were extremely lucky that they manged to escape him. I would have chaired the pair of them.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anUyzZzz4Q0

  22. I saw one of Lehmann’s tweets on the topic, and, reading the responses, I noticed something funny: a near-perfect divide between men and women as to whether a violent response was justified. No prizes for guessing what each side thought. (Edit: ah, I see I’m not the only one!)

    “…religion never went away, it was just replaced with other dogmatic belief systems…”

    This was an interesting academic question in the late 19th century, when athiesm first started getting popular: what will replace Christianity?

    These days, we have enough evidence to try and answer that question. What’s funny, I’ve noticed, is that one answer might be “whatever came before Christianity.” Two of the biggest post-Christian ersatz religions are environmentalism and animal rights. What did pre-Christian Europeans worship? Trees and bears. Pagan gods are nature gods, for the most part, so it’s probably not a coincidence that we see people returning to worshiping nature. It’s probably genetic.

    Another possible regression is feminism: I think I read somewhere that ancient Greeks or Romans thought the Britons and/or Gauls were weak and contemptible because they allowed themselves to be ruled by their women.

  23. Paganism would be cool to the extent you could reconstruct it. Perhaps some combination with the Greek/Roman pantheon. It would have the profound benefit of being an indigenous belief system, obvious syncretic bollocks that no one could take too seriously but gives people something irrational to cling to, not too many rules against sex and other means of having fun, and isn’t one of the quarrelsome imported middle-eastern monotheisms that ban anything resembling a good time and kill infidels.

    I commend it to the house.

  24. @Bardon,

    If you look at Bolt’s face when someone shouts “Hey, what are you doing” it obvious that the mist came down and he went in to a defensive aggression mode – fight or flight writ large.

    And yes those two thugs should be jailed for a long time.

  25. @ Bloke in Germany:

    Paganism would be cool to the extent you could reconstruct it. Perhaps some combination with the Greek/Roman pantheon. It would have the profound benefit of being an indigenous belief system, obvious syncretic bollocks that no one could take too seriously but gives people something irrational to cling to, not too many rules against sex and other means of having fun, and isn’t one of the quarrelsome imported middle-eastern monotheisms that ban anything resembling a good time and kill infidels.

    TBH I’m not really sure it counts as “indigenous” any more, given that nobody’s believed in it for a millennium and a half.

    Also, the ancient world was an extremely brutal place. This was, after all, the period in which unwanted babies were thrown on the rubbish dump, the Spartans would annually massacre a portion of their peasantfolk to keep the rest in line, and the Romans turned forcing people to kill each other into mass entertainment. Not to mention all the ingenious ways of killing people slowly and painfully, the mass enslavements of conquered peoples, and the utter disdain shown by the wealthy towards the poor (“poor” in classical Latin is invariably a term of abuse, not a term of compassion). So, in short, I don’t think a return to the good ol’ Graeco-Roman days would really be advisable.

  26. You don’t think Tommy Robinson v. Captain Hook in the arena would sell tickets?

    Not that we use it but we (the west) have a military that is basically Roman, in terms of its enormous ability to kill others with minimal losses. The Romans were so good at war they had to make monogamy obligatory. Good job we have less call to do it these days.

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