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Opinion Editorial
December 18, 2016

Spare us the self-pity. The young have never had it so good

by
Douglas Murray

Originally published by The Times

Somebody recently asked me whom I admired, and I gave them the truth: “Simon Raven’s godfather and the present Countess Mountbatten.” The reasons for the idolatry are related.

The late novelist’s godfather was celebrated in the Raven family, and still cherished by me, for a single comment overheard by his co-pilot during the Second World War. After his plane was hit and it began to plummet to the ground, he was overheard simply saying: “This is unfortunate. This is the end.” Both pilots actually survived.

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Douglas Murray

About Douglas Murray

A bestselling author and award-winning political commentator, he previously founded the Centre for Social Cohesion, which monitors extremism in Britain. Murray is the author of numerous publications including, "Victims of Intimidation: Freedom of Speech within Europe's Muslim Communities". A columnist for Standpoint magazine, he writes for a variety of other publications, including the Spectator and Wall Street Journal. Murray is an expert on Islamist extremism and UK foreign policy. He recently published a book on the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday.

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