Unaccustomed as His Grace is...
ConservativeHome said: ‘His Grace writes in the persona of the man who was burned at the stake almost five hundred years ago, even in emails and blog comments. The aim of this blog is to "investigate and expose religio-politics or politico-religiosity, whatever the cost" (or more specifically, conservative-Christianity and Christian-conservatism). He does this with moral seriousness and intellectual rigour, bringing some refreshing common sense to some of the touchiest subjects in British politics.’
Cranmer is humbled and honoured. He would like to thank all of his Communicants for making this blog what it is – a manifest beacon of intelligent and erudite comment on a plane well beyond the ‘tabloid’ mentality of most of the medium. Indeed, His Grace is aware of undergraduates who download comment threads and submit them as their own theses...
His Grace was not, however, able to be present at the ceremony, but an acceptance speech made on his behalf read as follows:
‘His Grace apologises that he is not able to be with you in person, owing to the lack of a corporeal state. He is both honoured and humbled to have been voted ‘Best Anonymous Blog’ by the evidently discerning readers of ConservativeHome.
Both in the pulpit and at the despatch box, it is increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to articulate one’s views on sensitive issues without them being purposely misrepresented. Thus the church embraces ‘multi-faith’, or else it is bigoted; and politics embraces ‘multi-cultural’, or else it is ‘racist’.
And to take a contrary view from the prevailing religio-political zeitgeist is to invite ridicule, isolation, and other forms of persecution. Those who insist that politics and religion should not mix understand neither religion nor politics. And in today’s world, it is naïve to assert that the one has nothing to do with the other.
His Grace is proud to be (in this order) Christian, English and Conservative. He prays that the importance of the philosophy and foundations of all three might be rediscovered by the Conservative Party, and that a period of righteous government might begin in the UK in 2009.’
However, the winning of this award presents Cranmer with a dilemma. It would now appear that a bottle of champagne awaits him, but to collect it would be to negate the very category in which His Grace triumphed. To not collect would be to let a perfectly good bottle of champers go down the throats of Mssrs Montgomerie and Coates. So far, one (un)helpful suggestion has been received:
I recommend that His Grace's award be poured onto a roaring fire, as a libation.
It's What He Would Have Wanted.
Cranmer would be most interested to hear from his intelligent and erudite communicants. If a problem may be halved in the sharing, a dilemma may certainly be progressed towards resolution…