Saturday, February 28, 2009

Hazel Blears: Government ‘should teach right and wrong’

The Minister for Communities and Local Government, Hazel Blears MP, has adopted one of Cranmer’s favoured themes. It is heartening to hear in the interminable age of fragmented relativism that a notion of benign paternalism endures in the hearts of some at Westminster, even if they be Socialists.

She is of the opinion that that it is time that the whole community stood up for democracy, and told those who would reject it that they were wrong. She said: “There is a need for moral clarity, a dividing line rooted in our overriding sense of what is right and wrong. There is a line when respect for other cultures is crossed and a universal morality should kick in.”

This has been taken as a ‘reaffirmation of values’ in the face of ‘extremist religious groups that nurture violent attitudes’.

She just does not name it them.

‘Cultural differences, or fear of causing offence, should not be allowed to cloud people’s judgement of what was unacceptably extreme behaviour. A statement from her office said: “A nervousness on the part of public policy-makers towards religion and culture . . . has led to a number of recent questionable judgements spawned by an overzealous commitment to political correctness.”

‘People who were leaders acted in the belief that they were protecting others from offence; but it was not always clear who they were protecting or from what. “A creeping tide of oversensitivity and intolerance is in danger of threatening religion’s legitimate place in the public sphere.”

‘Ms Blears said that the political-correctness pendulum had swung too far. “Worse, at times leaders have been reluctant to challenge absolutely unacceptable behaviour: forced marriage, female genital mutilation, or homophobia.”

‘Such “oversensitive approaches” to this kind of behaviour could alienate certain groups. “Prominent figures in faith communities have repeatedly said, for instance, that they are not offended by public manifestations of the Christian faith.”

One has to wonder why she has been silent on this matter for so long. And why is she speaking now? Did she object to the banning of Geert Wilders from the United Kingdom? Did she speak out against Lord Ahmed’s threat against Parliament? Has she uttered a word in defence of Catholic adoption agencies? Has she defended the manifest educational benefits of schools with a Christian ethos? Has she sided with Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor in his concerns about Labour’s understanding of tolerance, which is fundamentally intolerant of anything Christian? Or Labour’s façade of democracy, which is Marxist and totalitarian?

Of course not.

She may be Iain Dale’s favourite chipmunk, but she appears to have been gnawing her politics to the point of hollowness.


Anonymous len said...

Unless we defend our democratic principles , and promote our christian values we will find them eroded by the forces that seek constantly to extinguish them.
It is a time to stand up and be counted!

28 February 2009 at 19:06  
Blogger Oldrightie said...

Is it not a requirement for teaching that the teachers understand their subject? Ergo they are not fit for this subject.

28 February 2009 at 19:40  
Blogger Mr Grymme Harbinger said...

Blears is a weasel - I've never forgotten her remark about it being.."not a question of if Government should intervene in family life but when" Just another Statist desperately positioning for the best deal in a post Brown wasteland

28 February 2009 at 20:30  
Blogger Roy said...

"has led to a number of recent questionable judgements spawned by an overzealous commitment to political correctness.”

Is she suggesting that it's OK to have a commitment to zealous political correctness but not overzealous political correctness?
Isn't any commitment to political correctness an invitation to reject the truth for the party line.

She'll have to do a lot better than this before I'm convinced that she even knows the difference between right and wrong - certainly many of those employed as teachers don't.

28 February 2009 at 20:34  
Anonymous BNP voter said...

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28 February 2009 at 21:11  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace

The Government should not teach right and wrong.

It should know right and wrong.

But it is clear that it does not.

28 February 2009 at 21:13  
Blogger Microcosm said...

When invaders have a vote democracy is no longer such a great ideal, neither is continued taxation to fund those parties who have need of the invaders votes.

I will no longer be taking part in the electorate roll and for the most part will be telling all and sundry in authority were they can stick it.

Geert Wilders, Nick Griffin, David Cameron or Gordon Brown. It all adds up to the same, Zionist police state like it or not.

Democracy my arse!

28 February 2009 at 21:21  
Anonymous Terry said...

She wants to confront political correctness so that we can confront (inter alia) "homophobia" - completely contradictory, since tackling "homophobia" is a manifestation of PC.

28 February 2009 at 21:31  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

I wish someone would shoot me to be honest with you, put me out of my misery. If I had of known that this country was going to end up like this, I would have had a sex change and become a nun a long time ago.

28 February 2009 at 21:34  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

Dave, I know you've lost your son and everything, and its genuinely sad, but if you don't come back, and this shower wins the next election, I will personally shoot you between the eyes my self.

28 February 2009 at 21:44  
Anonymous Gnostic said...

Too little, too late.

Ms Blears, if you really want to cure the malady afflicting this country then you should take yourself, and the rest of the sleaze-ridden and dishonourable rabble that masquerades as government, and throw yourselves into the Thames at high tide. From the top of Tower Bridge if possible.

Please do not forget the concrete breeze-block ballast while you're about it, Hazel dear. This is one policy you and your politically pompous fellow Fabians simply can't be allowed to cock up.

Don't worry about the post splash fireworks display. I'm sure we can work in an impromptu performance.

28 February 2009 at 22:31  
Blogger Epona said...

I think that it is indeed time that the whole community stood up to this amoral creature.
She looks intoxicated in the picture.

28 February 2009 at 23:36  
Blogger John M Ward said...

Oh, the ferrets in the sack are now fighting for advantage. They know that Brown will have to go soon (if they can find a way to do the deed) so a number of prominent Labour figures have been popping up here and there, where they can do themselves the most good.

Blears is no more interested now in what her words suggest on the surface than at any previous time. As others have commented, it isn't for governments to teach right and wrong anyway, merely to encourage good through sensible laws and appopriate law enforcement. Nothing more than that, essentially.

1 March 2009 at 00:49  
Anonymous Proudgeordie said...

Exactly. It is not for the government to teach, only to provide funds to the education authority and they should be teaching what we want taught.

Morals and ethics should come from parents, teachers and clergy. Not self-serving political careerists an control freaks. If she thinks this statement will curry favour with the electorate, she is sadly mistaken.

1 March 2009 at 08:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blears typifies everything that is wrong with the leadership of this country and every ill that Blair inflicted upon it - champagne socialists, spendthrift economic illiterates, anti-Christian gay Gramscians, coercive 'communitarians', insane jihadists, abortion-mongers - twelve years of horror following five years of muddle and division under Major. Kyrie eleison.

1 March 2009 at 09:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, the P C monster is out of control!

1 March 2009 at 19:00  
Anonymous not a machine said...

all too sadly sound bites without backing the necessary foundation of good and evil , thus still believeing the state knows best .

i think it is more the right and wrong of who should lead the labour party next rather than some monumental shift in socailist beliefs.

when will labour admit it is the flawed construct of 20th century misunderstanding of darwin , controlling behavoir is not the means to freedom or happiness for that matter

2 March 2009 at 01:53  
Anonymous len said...

All `isms are mans attempt to set up a system of control.Mans system is based on greed, lust, and control through fear and intimidation.
When these all fail(as they will) God will set up his kingdom.
We have had 6,000 yrs of failure, time for a change?

2 March 2009 at 08:08  
Blogger DWMF said...

There is a very strong tie-in between this article and Your Grace's later article on teenage pregnancy.

It seems to me that the secular establishment or regime (I wouldn't dignify it with the word of 'government') has deliberately degraded the British peoples' religious and moral sensibilities, and are now proffering a statist secular substitute, which they can monitor and control.

Proudgeordie has said it best on this thread.

2 March 2009 at 10:33  
Anonymous len said...

Government should teach right and wrong.
By whose standards?

2 March 2009 at 18:57  

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