Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Now is the winter of our discontent made all over again by this son of the manse

And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house
In the deep bosom of the mortgage have been condensed and multiplied a thousand-fold.

With apologies to the Bard, for Cranmer gave up trying to scan in iambs. But along with Channel 4 he is struck by the parallels, exactly 30 years on, between the misery of this winter and the rotten fruits of last Labour administration.

In 2009 Gordon Brown faces the very unappealing prospect which confronted James Callaghan in 1979 of having to call a general election while wages are frozen or falling, house prices falling, the pound falling, savings diminishing, taxes rising, unemployment rising, and public sector strikes are looming. The UK is once again the sick man of Europe; the nation is once again bankrupt, and Labour has squandered all that it inherited. It is the prodigal party; selfish, deluded, and the undoubted author of an age of irresponsibility.

Cranmer wishes all of his readers and communicants as happy a New Year as is possible under these depressing circumstances.


Anonymous bergen said...

It's worse than 1979.At least Jim Callaghan retained the respect of the country and I was never embarassed at the thought of him representing us abroad-perhaps a legacy of his wartime service as an officer in the Royal Navy.

Instead ,we has "McCavity Brown" whose odd claim is that,as he put us into this mess,then he is the only one with the experience to lead us out of it.By his logic,the worse things become,the more he will be indispensible.

31 December 2008 at 10:55  
Anonymous Peter said...

The revelations that there wasn't enough amunition to keep the RAF fighting had a modern echo, too.

Earlier this year a Russian bomber flew to within 20 miles of UK airspace undetected and unchallenged by a heavily cut RAF.

Surely a government's first duty is the nation's security?

31 December 2008 at 11:15  
Anonymous Horst said...

Die Knechtschaft dauert nur noch kurze Zeit!

31 December 2008 at 11:18  
Blogger Wrinkled Weasel said...

Please drop this "Son of the Manse" epithet, even when you use it ironically.

Gordon Brown is not, and never has been a Christian. He was born into what may have been a Christian family, but there is not one shred of evidence that it has influenced him for the better.

I do not use the word "evil" lightly, but in Brown's case, I shall make an exception. This man sought power for the sake of power. He cannot tell the truth about anything and refuses to answer to Parliament.

He will destroy this country rather than admit he is wrong.
His world is a world of revenge, hatred and mendacity.

Whereas I can understand that Blair is desperate to re-brand himself as a Christian, Brown is what he will always be; pure evil.

31 December 2008 at 12:54  
Anonymous Nelson said...

I read that Mr Brown's New Year message will call upon the people of Britain to respond to the "challenges" that face us with the "Spirit of the Blitz".
Is He Mad, Bad or has the pressure of office finally got to Him? Gordon, you are no Winston Churchill, you could not deliver this country out of a wet paper bag, you were a poor chancellor that left us bankrupt, Blair hit the silk long ago to join His pals in the Europlot hoping to be Commisar, leaving a weak, directionless PM that would leave us skint, wounded and vulnerable. The jingoeist rubbish you are now spouting is the last throw of a desperate man, fit only for the wastebin. If their is still a fighting spirit left in our people and I know there is, then they will demand an end to this farce and a General Election before the Summer.
Happy New Year to Your Grace, and all your communicants.

31 December 2008 at 13:16  
Anonymous Dave h. said...

"In 2009 Gordon Brown faces the very unappealing prospect... of having to call a general election"

Eh? He can leave calling it until a few weeks before June 3 2010, clinging on to the last by his very unappealing fingertips.

31 December 2008 at 13:58  
Anonymous shaven-headed tattooed knuckledragger said...

"You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!"

Yes, it's time for Gordon to make way for the Conservatives, led by a man in the great tradition of Chamberlain, Heath and whoever it was who succeeeded Maggie Thatcher.

Vote Tory for a complete change of government and the continuation of identical policies.

31 December 2008 at 15:06  
Anonymous Occasional Lurker said...

Many thanks to your Grace for your wisdom, insight and eloquence over the past year. I wish you and yours all the best that is possible for 2009.

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Romans 8)

31 December 2008 at 18:02  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace

A Happy New Year, and let us pray for a peaceful one (on all fronts) too.

31 December 2008 at 21:13  
Blogger John said...

One thing is rather different from 30 years ago.

Going into 1979, the Conservative party had a leader who knew what she believed, and had made it clear to the country what she believed.

31 December 2008 at 21:27  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Dear All -

What Nation? What Country?

31 December 2008 at 22:38  
Anonymous non mouse said...


I pray that the Lord will send us a New Year in which we realize the value of what we still have - before we let the euros take everything, including our children.

May He especially grant the Best of all things British to Cranmer and his Communicants.

P.P.S: even the German who posted here - whatever he said.

31 December 2008 at 22:52  
Anonymous PaganPride said...

What's all this British rubbish - I am English - proud of it and as mad as hell at the hijacking of my country and its culture and traditions by this lame duck PM.

Let the government have the decency to at least ask the English what they want before the dismantle us all together. Fat chance.

1 January 2009 at 01:57  
Blogger Manfarang said...

1979. Yeah!Conservatives,keep right on to the end of the road.Great stuff!3 million unemployed.Over valued pound-we don't need any manufacturing industries. M3, M4-have you forgotten the half baked economic policies and a leader as great as Admiral Horthy. Encore,Encore,Encore!
(Where will you emigrate to,Cranmer?)

1 January 2009 at 08:52  
Anonymous shaven-headed tattooed knuckledragger said...

Islam causes atheism

1 January 2009 at 12:21  
Blogger DP111 said...

shaven-headed tattooed knuckledragger posted 'Mohammed' was poised to overtake 'Jack' as the favourite name for baby boys in Britain.
Either the Muslims have stopped breeding, or have started calling their sons 'Olivia', or the British establishment is being economical with the truth.

Our elites have suddenly panicked at the realisation that if Mohammed is now the post popular name in Britain, it could create an adverse reaction in the country, and give the lie that there are just 1.6m Muslims in the country. So they have decided to treat different spellings of Mohammed, viz Muhammed, Mehmet, as totally different names. Pfft - Mohammed etc vanish from the most popular list of boys names.

2 January 2009 at 01:19  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Dave has been reading Max Weber over Christmas!

2 January 2009 at 15:41  
Blogger Manfarang said...

I should add the book is of course,'The Protestant Ethic and Spirit of Capitalism'.
I did see that splendid book on Cranmer at Kinokuniya bookshop but at over a thousand baht.....

3 January 2009 at 11:11  

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