The Day of the Nitwits: Remember the Triffids? Well, the Green zealots are nearly as dangerous, argues PETER HITCHENS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

The Day of the Nitwits: Remember the Triffids? Well, the Green zealots are nearly as dangerous, argues PETER HITCHENS

Are we at the start of some huge and endless decline? Or is there really nothing to worry about?

Our current state reminds me of John Wyndham’s brilliant novel The Day Of The Triffids, in which small, even silly or enjoyable, events turn out to be signs of an approaching nightmare.

Wyndham sets his story in a very normal modern Britain. At first, people laugh at the ridiculous walking plants on the newsreels.

At first, they gaze happily at the spectacular meteor shower illuminating the night sky. Far too late they grasp that these were the beginnings of an utter transformation in their lives.

Of course there are no Triffids. But think of them as a metaphor.

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