Barbara Kay: When Mark Steyn struck back

I was one of the lucky attendees last Friday at the Munk Debate in Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall. The motion before the house concerned refugee policy: “Be it resolved: Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” On the pro side: Louise Arbour, former UN Human Rights commissioner and historian Simon Schama; on the con side journalist Mark Steyn and Britain’s UKIP party leader Nigel Farage.

The Munk tradition is to poll the audience before and after the debate. On this occasion, the audience was, as one might expect with a Toronto audience, heavily salted with elite liberal culturati, and the first poll was 77 per cent for the motion, 23 per cent con. After the debate, the pro vote was 55 per cent and the con 45 per cent, a huge shift in opinion, and therefore a handy win for the cons.

  • FivePointSpurgeon

    Because it’s not their 3- or 7-year old that’s being raped. Theirs are behind gates, in a white private school in a white neighborhood. It’s the plebes that have to deal with Parvez the Pedo and his Arab pillagers.
    Mark my words: it takes whites a looooong time to get violent but, when it comes, nobody in history does it better.

    • It is not a matter of WHAT is being done but WHO does it. If ONE priest molests children, it is symptomatic of a rotten religion that can only be rectified by allowing abortion and divorce, not treating this like a criminal matter and arresting the SOB. If an entire culture was founded on pederasty and war, well, one is just obsessed with sex for even pointing that out. For the left, it’s not that child abuse is bad and must be stamped out wherever it is found but that if the group dad hates does it, forget about it.

  • From what I’ve heard, there is nothing “lucky” about being at such an event even if Mark Steyn was there. One was surrounded by people who think murder and child rape are trifles.