Gin is the spirit of their patriotism

Dalrymple at Manchester Airport…

I went through security with about forty young men on their way to a stag party in Hamburg. On the back of their specially printed T-shirts (as one of the young men proudly showed me) was the following slogan:

If the woman says no –

I am no advocate of political correctness, but a culture which produces scores of young men who think it not only amusing to wear such a slogan, but right to travel to a foreign country wearing it, is surely a vile, crude and stupid one. Worse still, this vileness, crudity and stupidity is not unselfconscious: it is deliberately aimed at, it is the considered rejection of what is better in favour of what is worse.

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