Saturday, February 02, 2008

Blair: ‘I'll be president of Europe if you give me power’

And what power would this be?

Why, the power to intervene in matters of defence as well as trade.

And so the EU acquires overt military expression, and another tranche of sovereign power is ceded as the foundations are laid for a revived European Empire.

Cranmer won’t say he told you so, but he told you so.

The whole story features in The Guardian. Mr Blair has probably changed his mind on the matter as it has gradually dawned on him that he will never usher in everlasting peace as a Middle East messiah envoy. And to be sure of ‘his place in history’ he needs to focus on things he understands – the undefinable ‘Third Way’, the obfuscational EU, oscar-winning performances on the world stage, and the religio-political agenda of the Roman Catholic Church.

He will be in his element. As the Rt Hon William Hague observed in a masterful speech:



Meanwhile, in the Church Times, the Archbishop of Canterbury wants everyone to ‘be positive on Europe’ because he is concerned that it is more frequently defined in terms of what it is not than what it is, and there are ‘too many negative descriptions’.

Well, firstly, Cranmer would like to distinguish between Europe, which he loves, and the EU, which he loathes, and wishes his successor would do the same. It is noteworthy that the BBC has reported what Dr Williams quite distinctly said about 'Europe' as reference to the 'EU'. And secondly, Cranmer is quite content to say what the EU is - a fascist, totalitarian, anti-democratic, obfuscationally bureacratic Tower of Babel - and he makes no apology if that happens to sound just a little negative, because it is simply a matter of truth.

Echoing the themes of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, the Archbishop stressed that ‘to understand some of the most basic things for which the word “Europe” stands when it’s used positively, we need some thinking about religion as well — specifically about Christianity. And if the presence of Europe in the world hasn’t been, and isn’t now, exclusively a source of good things, it may be, I’ll be suggesting, that we find the problems appear in proper perspective only when we’ve thought harder about these religious issues.’

The man has an easy ability with succinct, memorable soundbites, and an inimitable gift for communicating his profound and complex thoughts in the vernacular.

19 Comments:

Anonymous sniper said...

If Blair is to be the High Panjandrum with power over defence will that mean the social members of the proposed EDF will actually have to deploy troops in a real and dangerous sense. Germany? Dass ist nicht Moeglich!

2 February 2008 at 10:27  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

The man has a God-complex. I used to write letters for his impeachment. I wish more of us had done so. Now he is unstoppable.

On a more trivial note Your Grace, I have passed on an award to you on my blog. You are welcome to add it to your blog, or not, as it might not fit with your depth of thought.

2 February 2008 at 11:11  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Ms Snuffy,

His Grace is honoured to hear that he makes your day.

It is the Lord who makes his, for the steadfast love never ceases and his mercies are new every morning.

2 February 2008 at 11:18  
Blogger John East said...

Blair for president? Paradoxically, I think my second hated politician of all time (after Brown) might be just the two faced, devious, weasel for the job. His religious affiliations might just instill some much needed backbone in resisting the Islamisation of Europe.

2 February 2008 at 11:40  
Anonymous mary teudor said...

Your Hereticalness - My Majesty would not wish to see Tony B. Liar (to give him his proper name) as president of the Lesser Piddling Model Railway Society, let alone anything else but the rest of this stuff is Planet Bonkers IMAO. As Your Hereticalness seems to have your nose in the Grauniad today, turn to page 27. Read and inwardly digest...

Oh and by the way, if the Merkin woman doesn't fancy it (President Liar), and she doesn't, then it aint going to happen.

2 February 2008 at 12:20  
Anonymous mary tudor said...

Oh and - parting shot (at least for now) - that Cromwell was an insolent fellow but 'I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you may be mistaken' is good advice...

2 February 2008 at 12:28  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Your Grace mentioned

"...And to be sure of ‘his place in history’ he needs to focus on things he understands ....and the religio-political agenda of the Roman Catholic Church..."

I am not sure whether your Grace is recommending that Blair focus on these issues or he is castigating him for it.

If the latter, may I respectfully point out that Blair did not do the Roman Catholic Church any favours when in power as Prime Minister - vide the issue of Gay Adoption.

2 February 2008 at 14:06  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Ultramontane Grumpy Old Catholic,

His Grace is fully aware that Mr Blair did no favours to the Roman Catholic Church when he was prime minister, and you will be aware that the Roman Catholic Church did itself no favours when it admitted Mr Blair without a very public repentance. Of how many mortal sins was he guilty?

His Grace is simply making the point that Mr Blair's conversion will do him no harm at all in his quest to become Emperor of Europe.

2 February 2008 at 15:28  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

I'm not sure what religion Blair is?

Here

2 February 2008 at 15:44  
Anonymous N. Dynamite said...

Quick! Before it's too late, exile the man to Elba or, better yet, St. Helena.

2 February 2008 at 16:13  
Anonymous Matt W said...

I don't see the explicit reference to Europe meaning EU on the BBC site,except for a mention that the Treaty/Constitution argument is part of the context - which it is.

2 February 2008 at 16:19  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

And to be sure of ‘his place in history’ he needs to focus on things he understands – the undefinable ‘Third Way’, the obfuscational EU, oscar-winning performances on the world stage, and the religio-political agenda of the Roman Catholic Church.

Bliar wouldn't win an Oscar: he's a ham. That's what makes him harder to accept. He hasn't need to be a clever con-man to achieve all that he has. But Anglicanism can congratulate itself that so dishonest a man could not remain within it.

And secondly, Cranmer is quite content to say what the EU is - a fascist, totalitarian, anti-democratic, obfuscationally bureaucratic Tower of Babel

It is not fascist, it is communist. Fascist governments do not have women, open homosexuals (Mandelson) and ethnics (Mandelson again), unless the country in question is ethnic.

The man has an easy ability with succinct, memorable soundbites, and an inimitable gift for communicating his profound and complex thoughts in the vernacular.

When suave politeness,
Tempering bigot zeal,
Corrected "I believe"
To "One does feel".

But he's done better in an impossible job than I expected and his virtues, such as they are, will become far more apparent if Sentamu gets the job. "Publicity-crazed" will no longer be an adequate description.

2 February 2008 at 16:32  
Anonymous mary tudor said...

nedsherry said...

But he's done better in an impossible job than I expected and his virtues, such as they are, will become far more apparent if Sentamu gets the job. "Publicity-crazed" will no longer be an adequate description.

Not to mention the ridiculous 'Yosser' Nazir-Ali

2 February 2008 at 16:42  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

His Grace will also be aware that the Roman Catholic Church is for sinners and ACLB as such is welcome to join us.

Public penance? Hmmm...interesting point. If sinners still had to clothe themselves in sackcloth and ashes and prostrate themselves on the threshold of the Church for the faithful to step over them, I daresay that could be a way of filling the pews once more. The TV rights could be lucrative.

But I think that the government is reserving this sort of punishment for those in global warming denial.

2 February 2008 at 16:43  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Matt W,

With respect, the BBC's very prominent headline is:

Archbishop urges better EU focus

He urged no such thing; he talked of Europe.

2 February 2008 at 17:34  
Anonymous mary tudor - tudor is a welsh name you know :D said...

England lost the rugby by the way

-random royal announcement-

2 February 2008 at 18:30  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mary Tudor,

Would you mind awfully keeping your contributions to the subject matter of His Grace's post?

2 February 2008 at 20:35  
Anonymous mary 'don't mention the rugby!' tudor said...

Cranmer said...
Mary Tudor,

Would you mind awfully keeping your contributions to the subject matter of His Grace's post?

Well slap my ass and call me Sally!Okay then - did your hereticalness get beyond page 1 of the Grauniad and read the stuff on page 27-8? Made sense to My Majesty...

2 February 2008 at 21:14  
Anonymous najistani said...

Geert Wilders for President of Europe and Michael Nazir-Ali for Archbishop of Canterbury.

As regards the present incumbent, who will rid us of this turgid Druid?

3 February 2008 at 00:25  

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