Reading the obituary of Canon Michael Bordeaux -a well kent figure once, but unknown to many now I suspect – I was struck by the overturning of the situation attributed to Bordeaux in his own memoirs. The memoir is called, “One Word of Truth” . . .
One Word of Truth is a vital document for anyone studying the years of the Cold War. In his review of Bourdeaux’s memoirs in an article for the Center for European Policy Analysis of 20 April 2020, Edward Lucas, the Times columnist who knew Bourdeaux well, wrote of the contrast that the memoirs drew between the East and the West. “On the one hand there was moral clarity, the belief that the truth matters above all; that freedom is not on a spectrum with slavery, but fundamentally different from it. On the other side of the East-West divide was woolly language and thought, cowardly evasions, and bureaucratic buck-passing.”
How things have changed ! In the West in recent times with Trump in the White House, and Johnson in Downing Street the West has fallen under the leadership (if it can be called that) of “woolly language and thought, cowardly evasions and bureaucratic buck passing.” A complete reversal of the situation as it was in Bordeaux’s life and times.