That’s how the Brits solved the Hitler problem, and the academics solve the Islam problem


It seems a rule for all governments, both of the Left and Right, that when they are confronted with a problem they conclude to be insurmountable, their solution is to pretend it isn't there. But most of the time it is there, and the consequence of their refusal to face reality can be altogether disastrous.

I can think of two examples, one of which happened about 85 years ago. The other is happening right now, and was stated with a clarity rare for these times in the Wall Street Journal last month.

In the first instance, my mind went back to the British Conservative administration headed in the latter 1930s first by Stanley Baldwin, then by Neville Chamberlain. Both were Conservatives. The crisis they faced was directly caused when Adolph Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933.