SNP victory in Glasgow East - the Christians won it
The seat has loyally returned a Labour MP in every election for almost 60 years - virtually since the Labour Party was born. It was as Red as Ken, as safe as houses (if, indeed, houses may any longer be considered safe), and this by-election defeat will go down as one of the most dramatic ever. The SNP overturned a majority of 13,500 - a result that will send shockwaves throughout the entire parliamentary party - and the new MP, John Mason, is a committed Christian.
But why did Labour lose?
There will be much talk in the mainstream media of a tedious, dour and unpopular prime minister in Westminster, chatter about an increasingly ascendant SNP or Margaret Curran's misinformation and lies, and much analysis of why people did not come out to vote - the turnout was just 42 per cent, compared to a general election turnout of 48 per cent. It is evident that traditional Labour voters either defected or stayed at home because they felt that Labour had ceased to care about their low life expectancy, high levels of unemployment, poor housing and health problems.
Or their faith.
In the run-up to the by-election the Bishop of Motherwell denounced Labour unquivovally: "What are we to do when our religion is attacked and our conscience outraged? When one considers the self-inflicted injuries this Labour Government has visited upon itself, one could be forgiven for thinking it had some kind of death wish."
Quite so. And Cardinal Keith O'Brien has been preaching scorn and condemnation for quite some time over Labour's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.
But the Roman Catholic factor will have very little analysis, save, perhaps, from the occasional Roman Catholic commentator. Cranmer has previously highlighted the Labour's anti-Catholic attitudes and the religious make-up of this seat, and (should the psephologists enquire) it would come as no surprise at all to learnn that Christians abandoned Labour in their thousands.
Labour manifests gross insensitivity to the religious or ethical considerations of Christians. The HFE Bill - which was postponed because of this by-election - seeks to maintain the present abortion limit, produce animal-human hybrids, and permit the production of ‘fatherless’ children. The only appeal was ever to the 'science', as if this were the only source of reason. The triumph of utilitarianism has relegated religious considerations to the peripheries of sanity, and the only rational context in which debate can now take place is that which reduces ethical considerations to matters of economics or science.
By weakening the safeguards controlling abortion, Labour has cheapened the value of life. By forcing the closure of Roman Catholic adoption agencies, Labour has negated the primacy of conscience. They have misrepresented science in order to perpetuate their programme of social engineering, and they are intent on destroying the carefully-laid foundations of tolerance and respect which have set this nation apart. This Labour government is so intent on legislating for tolerance towards every intolerant minority that they blindly end up legislating for intolerance of the tolerant Christian majority.
When Christians dare to be convicted, they are portrayed as bigots. When they articulate a view with which others may disagree, they are dogmatic. When they fall short of perfection, they are pilloried and cast as hypocrites. When they defend the unborn, they are unenlightened. When they oppose animal-human embryos, they are anti-science. When they express concern over the fatherless, they are homophobic. When they speak up for the poor, they are wishy-washy liberals. When they defend faith-based education, they are intolerant. When they seek to uphold marriage, they are ‘right wing’ reactionaries.
Well, at least they possess a vote, and with that vote can they bring judgement upon those who have ceased to care, ceased to listen, and ceased to submit to the higher sovereign power.