Andy Murray and the feel-good factor
As an antidote to acerbity – which arises amidst duplicitous politicians on the perpetual take, rising inflation, a prime minister in his death throes, looming recession, an anti-Christian party of government in an interminable political twilight, prelates jamming in Jerusalem, trendy bishops dancing a gay tune, and theologians as muddled and confused as Qoheleth – Cranmer wishes to dwell today on Andy Murray and the injection of optimism and hope he administers to a nation in captivity to idolatry and the European Union.
For this relief, much thanks.
Had Gordon Brown been half the political strategist he is credited with being a chancellor (which Cranmer in any case refutes), he would have called a general election after the Labour Party conference last year, and he would have won it. He must be bitterly regretting his procrastination. David Cameron’s Conservative Party was not on the ascendancy, and Mr Brown was riding relatively high after the everlasting exit of Tony Blair. With a victory in 2007, he would have had no need to go to the country again until the autumn of 2012. And he would have won a second term, riding high on the feel-good factor of the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The Diamond Jubilee is never mentioned in the context of 2012, perhaps because it would be wrong to take it for granted, but if Her Majesty has inherited the genes of longevity with which the Queen Mother was blessed, she will celebrate in 2012 the first diamond jubilee since Queen Victoria. This must not be dwarfed by the Olympiad. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II must be the focus of 2012, and the twelve gods in the court of Zeus must pay homage to the High God of Israel.
As the dour one has squandered his opportunity, the sooner he goes the better. He is a miserable postule on the political proscenium and need needs lancing at the earliest opportunity.
But such acerbity shall not distract Cranmer today from Andy Murray.
His Grace’s very best wishes are with him.
Cry God for Andy, Scotland, and St Andrew!