Today's secular zealots are as much a danger as old puritans
Evangelising legions fail to realise that tolerance of those you think wrong can be a virtue
Published 16/03/2014 | 02:30
'On screen, our hero can blow away 500 bad guys," Sam Mendes (who directed the Bond movie Skyfall) told an audience of aspiring directors, "but if he smokes one f**king cigarette, you're in deep shit."
I read this in a gossip column the other day, and it reinforced my belief that today's puritans are as much of a threat as their predecessors, even if they are secular rather than religious and their targets are different.
This item was followed by one about the jockey, Ruby Walsh, who answered a question about a horse's death at Cheltenham with, "It's sad, but horses are animals ... you can replace a horse. You can't replace a human being." This brought denunciations and death threats from animal activists.