Quentin Letts is right wing, Daily Mail posh gossip tit bit journalist often found trying to be as amusing as Mark Mardell on This Week and failing spectacularly. So it should be no surprise that he has written a book on Fifty People Who Buggered Up Britain. He rails against the removal of corporal punishment from schools, that Britain is broken and the European super state is coming, when what we need is some more church going.
So it should be no surprise that Richard Dawkins comes in at number 30:
30 Richard Dawkins
Anti-religionist Dawkins, the best-known English dissenter since Darwin, is the merciless demander of provable fact.
He is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and tours the world lecturing the elites of the West that they are stupid to believe in any god.
He proselytises against the proselytisers, most of his targets wishing they had a fraction of his apparent certainty.
He is the anti-preacher whose sermons are designed to erode churchgoing and, with that, weaken our happiness.
A man less obsessed with himself and with the narrow calculations of men in white coats might realise that religion, although never offering proof of God’s existence, can sugar catastrophe and brighten chasms.
In times of turbulence, the human being is little different from the vole or the dormouse. It will take shelter where it can.
No amount of superior lecturing from an anti-Christ, not even one with so important a title as his, will alter that. [Daily Mail]
Mind you, if not altering anything was the measure of what a person should not do then Quentin Letts would be unemployed moaning about the traitor Edward Heath, waiting for last orders at the Saville Club. He misses the point that The God Delusion is aimed at those that do not know that there is a credible alternative to non belief in a supernatural entity. There is a choice beyond thinking there is something out there.
If church going is what the happiness of the nation rests then we are a sorry nation. Because happiness is not faking reality or what we do not know but accepting it and being able to move on with our lives.