The innate moral superiority of Conservatism
And yet victory in Crewe seems almost divinely dished out. Analysis of the voting patterns between the parties on the Human Embryology and Fertilisation Bill establishes empirically that when it comes to the sanctity of human life, the overwhelming majority of Conservatives tend towards biblical orthodoxy and seek to limit evil whether or not they are believers, while most Socialists don’t seem to give a damn. True Conservatives truly seek to conserve the nation’s moral framework (the likes of the odious John Bercow are not truly Conservative), while Socialists seek to erode the foundations with endless sub-clauses, qualifications and concealed amendments.
While there are many who view an merging 'Christian Right' in the UK with disdainful concern, it may be observed that there is more to fear from the Christian Left.
Cranmer is profoundly grateful to his loyal communicant Ultramontane Grumpy Old Catholic for the research he did on this, if only to cheer himself up. He summarises:
• 537 MPs voted out of 636 that were eligible to vote (the remainder of the 646 were 5 Sinn Fein, 1 speaker, 3 deputies and 1 vacant [Crewe and Nantwich])
• The percentage of MPs voting in the 3 main parties were Nu-Lab 87.5%, Con 87.5% and LibDem 73%
• The percentage of Conservatives present who voted to reduce the legal limit for abortion to 22 weeks was 86%, with 14% voting to retain the status quo
• The percentage of New Labour present who voted to reduce the legal limit for abortion to 22 weeks was 20%, with 80% voting to retain the status quo
• The percentage of Liberal Democrats present who voted to reduce the legal limit for abortion to 22 weeks was 37%, with 63% voting to retain the status quo
The figures are stark: what 80 per cent of Conservatives seek to support in the moral realm, 80 per cent of Socialists oppose. This has everything to do with Labour's selection procedure, since Cranmer hears that support for abortion is a prerequisite for being approved as a candidate. The party is engineering society by limiting the conscience of the collective: it is pure Marxism.
ConservativeHome notes further research by the BBC for Radio 4's World at One programme:
• 92% of Conservative MPs backed Iain Duncan Smith's call for fatherhood to be recognised when decisions about fertility treatment are being made. 82% of Labour MPs were opposed to such a recognition.
They posit that ‘if Conservatives win the next general election and if new MPs vote in similar proportion to the way their existing parliamentary parties vote then it is very likely that a tougher regime for abortion will be introduced.’
But ‘likelihood’ is a slippery little sucker. Parties in power tend to have very different agendas to those they profess whilst in opposition.
But such a bleak perspective on the day of a glorious by-election victory is simply a by-product of Cranmer’s black dog.
Pray for him.