Reading the headlines last week, I could have sworn it was April 1 not June 1. The first was the MOD had appointed a Director of Diversity and Inclusion at £110k a year to lead a review into military titles and determine which ranks do not offer enough inclusivity.

A spokesperson said that after an assessment, positions and other titles will be rebranded if they cannot be gender-neutral. No doubt First Sea Lord will be the first to go.

Next was Met Chief Cressida Dick wanting to legalise positive discrimination in order to increase recruitment from minority ethnic and other groups. If this is allowed, it will not be the most qualified person who gets the job, but the one who ticks all the boxes. Is she not aware of Newton’s Law that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction?

And last but certainly by no means least, was Kings College London cravenly apologising to staff who complained about the use of Prince Phillip’s photograph in an email they had been sent. The apology read ‘We have come to realise the harm that this caused members of our community, because of his history of racist and sexist comments. We are sorry to have caused this harm’.

In 1984, George Orwell wrote: “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” Seeing what is happening in this country with the constant attacks on liberty and free speech, I cannot help but think that reshaping our minds is the intention of the woke brigade.

Be afraid, be very afraid.