Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Andy Murray and the feel-good factor

If bloggers are acerbic, they must occasionally create space for relief. And after yesterday’s outstanding performance by Andy Murray, it is evident that the sweetness of Britain’s sporting victory is balm for the soul. True, it was an unlikely comeback after being 2-0 down; true, it may not be sustained into the quarter-finals, but just look at the fighting spirit on this young man’s face. He must be on cloud nine.

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!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace, I do not wish to cast a cloud on your euphoria at Andy Murray's win, nor on his great achievment. But...there is a doubt in my mind about this as Murray's behaviour on and off court is, shall we say yobbish. He is just another badly behaved sportsman, alas!

1 July 2008 at 08:47  
Anonymous mickey said...

In my ignorance, I was prompted to Google the words 'High God of Israel' and what a revelation.

There are some bitter and conceited people out there.

And not just in politics!

1 July 2008 at 09:13  
Anonymous Stonemason said...


Lets lighten up a little, to win in single combat, whether a garter knight of the 14th century or sportsman of the 21st, you do need to have an attitude, can you imagine Edward III or the Black Prince in battle, I should think yobbish would be appropriate as they shout "no quarter". Very appropriate behaviour when fighting the French of the middle ages.

Like it or not, young Murray is our "21st century single combat no quarter given gladiator".

1 July 2008 at 10:57  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

Why should we celebrate anything about the treasonous monarch who has just signed a treaty that makes a foreign state our master?Who by this instrument has abolished not only the monarchy itself,but a free people,its laws,its history,its culture and all else and simultaineously wants more of our money because it does not wish to spend any of its own vast resources(along with rothschild ,this "person" controls 80% of the worlds uranium),who has broken every oath given by her before god!Any jubilee celebrations will be meaningless as by then she will be just another "citizen" of the eussr,and rather than plague us more she should have an immediate appointment with a very sharp axe along with the rest of the 650+ traitors that leech and infest our national parliament.

1 July 2008 at 13:42  
Anonymous Stonemason said...

Does this "englishman" need a "nap" or "lobotomy"?

Our gracious Monarch, as Head of State in this Parliamentary democracy has no option but to sign, no doubt she had previously given unheeded advice to the socialist/liberal riff-raff in Parliament.

Myself, having taken the Queens shilling I am sworn to defend her, and her heirs, probably from subversive elements such as this "englishman", beware lest the axe descends upon your unfriendly neck varlet.

1 July 2008 at 14:51  
Anonymous johnse18 said...

Whether or not she has the formal power to withhold Royal Assent, she could surely make her views known (if she has any).

She appears to regard her Coronation Oath as just pretty words in a magnificent ceremony - nothing more.

1 July 2008 at 16:18  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

I look back at this so called modernising with shame in my heart , because i think we have been fooled in such a deep way , that i wonder if our treasures can be restored.

who would have thought that our kids are dying and becoming dangerous malevolent drug fuelled feral street beasts , i feel so sad that so many know no better .i off course do remeber when all ages filled a pub , when you had time to have a conversation , and when you had at least two youth uniforms.

it has been corrupted , even the church has not found a counter , The queen always must hope , that we will find the will and the means to put right our mistakes. it is no good blaming her , she must be as sad as anyone who once were pround of there freedoms and responsibilities .
the executive that who is to blame , the liberators who put us into bondage , the themers and schemers that made profit to enoble a corrupt ideaology .
Shame is not a good enough word for these people , they have taken somthing that worked and shaped it into an untrustworthy spectacle , of human misery.

we have been fooled by pop songs, drugs and unsustainable liberties. this is no goverment that has any futher legitamcy , "elected by the people" when it has deteremined that the people should know only what they tell them . it is false paradise , as this goverment is fake government .

I ask you when GCSE student gets awarded marks for swearing !! even the judges of society are failing us !!.

1 July 2008 at 17:15  
Anonymous Stonemason said...

johnse18, constitutionally she is not allowed. A shame but true.

o israel, when people fail to have self respect, what hope for respecting their parents, or your neighbours.

Politics has emasculated parents to the point of irrelevance, a shame but it was me, and you, that allowed this shameful situation.

1 July 2008 at 18:40  
Blogger Wyrdtimes said...

I know this sounds acerbic... but what the hell.

Anyone but McMurray!

1 July 2008 at 21:31  
Anonymous johnse18 said...

Stonemason: I'm not talking about formal intervention or withholding Royal Assent.

All she would need to do is to make it publicly known that she was concerned about the constitutional impact of the Lisbon Treaty without a referendum.

There are all sorts of ways of varying degrees of indirectness she could do this.

In fact she has already in the past put her opinions into the public sphere on various things - albeit obliquely:


2 July 2008 at 13:22  
Blogger Miss Jelly bean said...

Go Roger! you know you can brake Bojorn Borge's record.
Federer all the way!!!!

2 July 2008 at 20:44  
Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

Andy Murray lost he was totaly defeated. Murray would be better shutting his mouth and stopping his on court antics and improve his game. He is not a good sportsman with the way he behaves and is not a credit to Scotland.Loud mouth yob comes to mind

3 July 2008 at 09:07  

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